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. Researched by Adewale Maja-Pearce
- Spot Checks:
- The week that was: The cost of lies, jobless black women & Nigerian power trip
- Are 100,000 people trafficked annually in South Africa?
- Would more than half of South African parents advise their kids to emigrate?
- Yes, South Africa’s murder rate is 7 times higher than the United States’
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:
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.
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.)
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.
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).
The West African Ebola epidemic, the worst in the history of the disease, has focused international attention on sub-Saharan Africa in 2014 – and rightly so, given the virulence and rapid spread of the virus. Yet other deaths in the region dwarf those of the virus.
The South African Constitution stipulates that the public and media has the right of access to information. Here is what you need to know about your right to know - an extract from "A Practical Guide to Media Law" by Dario Milo and Pamela Stein.
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.
- Jacob Zuma
- Democratic Alliance
- sexual violence
- South African Police Service
- Cape Town
- South Africa
- open data