The 2016 winners and runners-up of the African Fact-checking Awards.

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

Best fact-checking report by a working journalist – written in French

Best fact-checking report by a student journalist – written in English or French

The entries on the shortlist will all be judged according to the following criteria:

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  • 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.

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