Great fact-checks puncture myths with rigour, but also in a way that reshapes the public debate by focusing on the true scale of a particular issue, argues our head of health and information service, Vinayak Bhardwaj. He presents his three “favourites” from 2016.
Reporting on a 12-year-old girl falling pregnant with a 15-year-old boy, South Africa’s biggest tabloid said children older than 12 can have sex as long as it is consensual. But the statement is misleading.
Africans are being blamed by doctors for bringing the mosquito-borne zika virus to South America, where an increase has been recorded in babies being born with an underdeveloped brain. Is that plausible?