Africa Check fact-check

Have you seen or heard a dodgy claim by a public figure or in the media? You can submit it here for an Africa Check fact-check. We can’t promise to check every claim suggested, but do read all suggestions. 

To help your suggestion make it as an Africa Check fact-check, first ask yourself the questions below – before you send it.

1. Is it the right topic for an Africa Check fact-check?

We focus on claims relating to Africa. We can’t check every claim made, so we focus on those in three broad fields: (1) society, politics and justice; (2) the economy and human development; and (3) health, science and the environment. 

If the claim is about one of these, and it relates to Africa, it is in the right area. If not, you can fact-check it yourself using our tips and advice.

2. Did they suggest they were talking fact or opinion?

Did the person suggest that what they were saying was a fact? We only investigate claims put forward as fact. We can’t fact-check people’s opinions. 

3. What impact would it have unchecked?

What impact would the claim have if it went unchecked? The greater the impact, the more likely we are to check the claim you suggest. If you send in a suggestion, please say what impact you think it would have if it were not checked, and why.

4. Is it a topic or person we have covered before?

Have we covered the topic, or the person making the claim, before? One of our guiding principles is to ensure that, over time, we fact-check all sides in debate and don’t focus on any one side. If we have fact-checked the topic or the person many times before, we are less likely to cover it again in an Africa Check fact-check.

Suggest a claim for an Africa Check fact-check

We welcome all suggestions of claims to fact-check and read them all. Thank you for your interest in Africa Check.