This is the third year of the African Fact-Checking Awards, honouring 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.
We have received 130 entries from more than 20 countries this year, from Morocco and Egypt in the north to South Africa and Zimbabwe in the South.
The following journalists (in alphabetical order) made the shortlist:
|Ajibola Amzat||The Guardian||Nigeria||State of the Living Springs gasps for breath|
|Henry Mhara||NewsDay||Zimbabwe||Did Dynamos employ rookie?|
|Adedayo Oketola||Saturday PUNCH||Nigeria||NigComSat-1R becoming white elephant four years after – Investigation|
|Alphonce Shiundu||The Standard||Kenya||No Mr President, numbers tell a different story|
|Arison Tamfu||Cameroon Journal||Cameroon||The Many Falsehoods in President Biya’s Laptop Gift|
|Charles Mafa & David Julian Wightman||Bulletin & Record magazine||Zambia||The PF’s Simbyakula and the “Strategy for Domination”|
|Phathizwe Mongezi Zulu||Mail & Guardian||Swaziland||Lies, public money and a redone DC-9 in Swaziland|
An international jury will now decide on a winner and two runners-up. The awards ceremony will take place on 10 November in Nairobi at the Reporting Africa conference organised by the African Media Initiative. The awards are co-sponsored by the Shuttleworth Foundation and AFP news agency.