This is the fourth year of the African Fact-Checking Awards, honouring the best fact-checking work done by journalists and student journalists in exposing misleading claims made by leading public figures and institutions across the continent.
This year, we received a record number of applications – 159 entries from 25 countries – from Ethiopia and Egypt in the north to South Africa and Zimbabwe in the South, before entries closed 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.
Winners and runners-up
Best fact-checking report by a working journalist – written in English
- WINNER: “Before you vote” series by Dorothy Otieno (on behalf of Nation Newsplex Team) of Nation Media Group, Kenya
- RUNNER-UP: “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
Best fact-checking report by a working journalist – written in French
- WINNER: “MAG La Libération Forcée Des Emprises Du Domaine Public Fait Des Million De Victimes” by Alexandra Djotan of Radio Parakou, Benin
- RUNNER-UP: “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
Best fact-checking report by a student journalist – written in English or French
- WINNER: “Pourquoi Macron a tout faux…” by Moussa Ngom attending CESTI, Senegal
Entries were 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 difficult was it to fact-check the claim?