Checking facts to hold leaders to account in Africa
Africa Check is a non-profit organisation that promotes accuracy in public debate and the media.
They test claims made by public figures around the continent using journalistic skills and evidence drawn from the latest online tools, readers, public sources and experts, sorting out fact from fiction. They publish their findings online.
Devised by the AFP Foundation, the non-profit media development arm of the international news agency AFP, the organisation was founded in June 2012 and runs in a partnership with the journalism department of the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg.
The small team of three core staff, backed by a project director from the AFP Foundation, is based at the journalism department of the university. It works in cooperation with freelance researchers around southern Africa and across the continent.
They place a major focus on working with both traditional and community-based media, providing reports to them for free while making their researchers available for interview, in print and on air.
Last updated: 23rd of July, 2014