Africa Check fact-check

Have you seen or heard a dodgy claim made by a public figure or in the media? You can submit it here for an Africa Check fact-check. While we cannot promise to check every claim suggested, we do promise to read all suggestions. To help your suggestion make it as an Africa Check fact-check, ask yourself before sending whether it meets these criteria:

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

The focus of this project is on statements related to Africa. Given that we cannot check every claim made, we focus instead on those made in three broad fields: (1) society, politics and justice; (2) the economy and economic 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, we won’t have time to look at it. But, if you want to check it out for yourself, check out our tips on how to fact-check.

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

Some statements are made as an statement of opinion, not a statement of fact. Did the person suggest that what they were saying was a fact? We only investigate claims that purport to be fact.

3. What impact would it have unchecked?

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

4. Is it a topic or speaker we have focused on before?

Is it a topic, or a speaker, we have focused on before. One of our guiding principles is to ensure that, over time, we fact-check all sides in debate and do not focus on any one side unduly. If we have covered the topic or speaker 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

Once again, we do welcome all suggestions of claims to fact-check and will read them all. Thank you for your interest in Africa Check.