Twenty-six journalists from five West African countries, including Nigeria, are currently undergoing a four-day fact-checking training by West Africa’s verification and fact-checking platform, Dubawa.
The training according, to Dubawa’s programme manager, Adedeji Adekunle, will equip journalists to combat widespread misinformation in the West African sub-region.
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Upon completion, participants will graduate into the six months in-country fellowship.
Adekunle said the 26 successful applicants were drawn from over 200 applications across The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
“Upon completion and evidence of competence after a ten-course module, the participants will graduate into the six months in-country fellowship,” he said.
He further stated that the training faculty for the programme are drawn from a pool of leading global experts in the field of fact-checking who come with individual and organizational talents, adding that the fellowship is inspired by the need to tackle the menace of mis- and dis-information within the sub-region and beyond.
This is the third year of the fellowship which is now christened Kwame Karikari Fact-Checking and Research Fellowship in honour of Ghanaian Professor, Kwame Karikari.
Karikari is a redoubtable media freedom advocate and founder of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA).
Dubawa is one of the platforms under the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ).