Expanding Africa Check Project to Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe

By Dumisani Moyo | July 26th, 2013

Africa Check, an independent non-profit organisation that promotes accuracy in public debate and media reporting, seeks OSISA support to expand its operations to three southern African countries – namely Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. This follows the successful launch of their work in South Africa in October 2012. Devised by the AFP Foundation in partnership with the Journalism Department of the University of the Witwatersrand, Africa Check promotes a fact-checking culture, particularly in the media by providing alternative, well-researched reports on some of the leading stories that have a direct effect on the wider society.

The main goal of this project is to foster a culture of fact-checking among the media in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Swaziland, thereby improving the quality of journalism.

And the specific objectives are:

1.       To promote writing of balanced stories in the media by publishing regular fact-checking reports from each of the three countries over the duration of the project;

2.       To popularise the practice of fact-checking by engaging with media in the selected countries to re-publish Africa Check reports throughout the duration of the project;

3.       To provide mentorship to selected media houses in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Swaziland on fact-checking throughout the duration of the project; and

4.        To create an accessible platform for fact-checking reports online. 


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