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 22 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:

Name Publication Country Fact-checking report
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 runners-up. The awards ceremony will take place on 8 December 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.

To know more about applying in 2017, see also the other pages in this section, setting out details of our previous winners, and about what makes a good fact-check.