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From calculating the size of a stack of R200 notes to measuring water-flow and counting cattle, Africa Check certainly covers the gamut. Researcher Gopolang Makou selects the facts that have kept her entertained and informed in 2016.
Great fact-checks puncture myths with rigour, but also in a way that reshapes the public debate by focusing on the true scale of a particular issue, argues our head of health and information service, Vinayak Bhardwaj. He presents his three “favourites” from 2016.
Africa Check is happy to sign this open letter, together with fact-checking partners from around the world, asking for an open conversation on the principles that could underpin a more accurate news ecosystem on Facebook.
Who checks the fact-checkers? Africa Check has signed up to the International Fact-Checking Network’s code of principles. This enables you to judge our commitment to non-partisanship, transparency and honest corrections.
Genocide Watch places South Africa on stage six of its “Ten Stages of Genocide”. But it was either unwilling or unable to provide evidence to show that the country meets the organisation’s requirements of that stage.
Jon Greenberg, from our partner fact-checking organisation Politifact, reviews the hopes and concerns of the organisers of the 21st International AIDS Conference – and the myriad false claims about the disease we’ve caught in our net.