This week we published a blog piece, a report about Nigeria’s electricity generation capacity, a summary of our live Twitter Q&A about the Zimbabwean Special Dispensation Permit (ZSP) and we also participated in a global “fact-checkathon”. Click on the links to catch up on your reading:

COMMENT: Raising the cost of lies, across continents

On a trip to Buenos Aires and Nairobi, Africa Check’s executive director experienced first-hand how fact-checking is growing in Latin America and Africa.

REPORT: Are 37.5% of jobless young S. Africans black women, and 31.5% white men?

The South African government recently claimed that young black women make up 37.5% of unemployed South Africans aged 15 to 34, and white men 31.5%. But it is really 49.1% and 1.1%. (Our contribution to a “fact-checkathon” by nine fact-checking organisations of claims made at the G20 Leader Summit in Australia.)

REPORT: Nigeria does generate more electricity now than it did 15 years ago

An opposition candidate recently claimed Nigeria generates less electricity now than it did at the end of military rule. The ruling party challenged observers to check the facts. Africa Check did, and found he was wrong.

ASK AFRICA CHECK: Zimbabwean Special Dispensation permit

Recently we teamed up with Lawyers for Human Rights to host a live Twitter Q&A session about the new Zimbabwean Special Dispensation permit (ZSP).

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Trading Ghana’s water for gold

Edem Srem

Edem Srem, winner of the first African Fact-Checking Award, reflects on “Trading Ghana’s Water for Gold”, an investigation into claims by Ghana’s government that they have curtailed illegal alluvial gold mining. The documentary was produced with Gifty Andoh.

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