This is the fourth year of the African Fact-Checking Awards, honouring the best fact-checking work carried by journalists and student journalists – reporting that has exposed misleading claims made by leading public figures and institutions across the continent.
This year, we received a record number of applications, with 159 entries from 25 countries, from Ethiopia and Egypt in the north to South Africa and Zimbabwe in the South, before entries closed at midnight GMT on 31 August.
We would like to thank all of you who entered the awards this year and encourage you to consider entering again in 2018.
After careful consideration, our panel agreed on the following shortlists (listed in alphabetical order) to be considered by an independent jury of African journalists, chaired by Eric Chinje, CEO of the African Media Initiative. The rest of the jury is made up of:
- Prof Eugenie AW-Ndiaye: Professor of Communication and Journalism, Cheikh Anta Diop University
- Olivia Ndong: Principal Communication Officer, AfDB
- Prof Laeed Zaghlami: Faculty Member, University of Algiers, Information communication
- Alain Blaise Ngono: Senior Communication Officer, African Media Initiative
Best fact-checking report by a working journalist – written in English
- “Tourism, construction drive economic growth” by Allan Olingo of Nation Media Group, Kenya
- “FEATURE: As Paul Biya Looks to Running Again in 2018, Has He delivered on his 2011 electoral promises?” by Arison Tamfu of Cameroon Journal, Cameroon
- “Incubators scarcity hampers deliveries in public hospitals” by Arukaino Umukoro of PUNCH Nigeria Limited, Nigeria
- “Before you vote” series by Dorothy Otieno (on behalf of Nation Newsplex Team) of Nation Media Group, Kenya
- “6 000 or 12 000? How many foreigners are locked up in SA prisons?” by Lungelo Shezi of htxt.africa, South Africa
- “FACT-CHECK: Presidency wrong again; Nigeria not world’s second-largest rice producer” by Samuel Ogundipe of Premium Times, Nigeria
- “Fact check: Minimum electricity generation not 4,000mw as claimed” by Simon Echewofun Sunday of Daily Trust newspaper, Nigeria
Best fact-checking report by a working journalist – written in French
- “MAG La Libération Forcée Des Emprises Du Domaine Public Fait Des Million De Victimes” by Alexandra Djotan of Radio Parakou, Benin
- “Réfugiés maliens en Mauritanie: « 60 000 retours volontaires », faux !” by Amadou Sy of LeReflet.NET, Mauritania
- “Côte D’Ivoire : Polémique Autour Des Soins Gratuits Du Paludisme Simple” by Kahofi Jischvi Suy of Eburnie Today, Côte d’Ivoire
- “Décryptage- Naissances élevées, les experts s’affrontent, » l’Afrique peut avaler ses populations »” by Nesmon de Laure Pie of www.pôleafrique.info, Côte d’Ivoire
- “Chômage En Côte D’Ivoire : Quels Sont Les Vrais Chiffres ?” by Raissa Yao of Eburnie Today, Côte d’Ivoire
Best fact-checking report by a student journalist – written in English or French
- “Le paracétamol est-il un poison mortel ?” by Aliou Faye attending EJICOM, Senegal
- “La réserve d’électricité du Sénégal est-elle supérieure à la consommation du Mali et de la Mauritanie ?” by Aliou Faye attending EJICOM, Senegal
- “FACT-CHECK: “South Africa is the sixth most illiterate nation in the world” by Banathi Mgqoboka attending Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa
- “Le Sénégal fait-il réellement partie des premiers pays à atteindre les objectifs de la Cop 21 ?” by Elimane Ndao attending CESTI, Senegal
- “Pourquoi Macron a tout faux…” by Moussa Ngom attending CESTI, Senegal
The entries on the shortlist will all be judged according to the following criteria:
- The significance of the claim – what impact could it 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?
As soon as we have the results from the jury we will notify everyone on the shortlist. We expect to do this in the first two weeks of October.
In addition, the winners and runners up will be invited to attend an awards ceremony in Johannesburg on the evening of Saturday 18 November 2017.