This year Africa Check and the AFP Foundation, the non-profit media training arm of the AFP news agency, have come together to co-sponsor an award to honour the best investigative fact-checking carried out by African journalists this year – reporting that exposed misleading claims made by leading public figures across the continent.
The awards were launched in January and entries closed at midnight GMT on 31 August 2014. Dozens of entries have been received, in French and English, and a six-member jury of eminent journalists from Europe and Africa will soon begin sifting through them, prior to announcing the winner and two runners up in November.
To be eligible, entries must be original pieces of journalism that investigate a claim made by a public figure or institution in Africa and must expose it, based on the best available evidence, as wrong or misleading.
The piece must have been published or broadcast for the first time between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014 by a media house based in Africa.
The work may be the work of an individual or a team. It may have appeared in print, online or on radio or television. It may have been first published or broadcast in any language but to be eligible, a version in either French or English must be presented alongside the original. An individual may offer up to two entries for the competition.
The entries for the competition will all be judged on the following four criteria.
- The significance of the claim- What impact it could have had if not exposed?
- The approach to the evidence – Was evidence for and against the claim examined in a non-partisan manner?
- The presentation – How clearly was the evidence presented?
- The challenges faced and overcome in assessing the claim – How hard was it to fact-check the claim?
Current staff of Africa Check and the AFP news agency may not apply for this award.
The winner will receive a prize of two thousand euros and two runners up one thousand euros each. The decision of the jury shall be final.