West Africa’s verification and fact-checking platform, Dubawa, has concluded plans to induct 26 fellows into its 2021 cohort of fact-checkers to combat misinformation in the sub-region.
The platform, under the aegis of the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism, announced the commencement of the yearly fellowship in Abuja on Monday.
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Now in its third year, the 2021 fellowship is christened Kwame Karikari Fact-Checking and Research Fellowship in honour of Ghanaian Professor, Kwame Karikari.
The 26 successful applicants, drawn from over 200 applications in The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, will undergo training that will equip them in combating the widespread regime of misinformation in the West African sub-region.
“Upon completion and evidence of competence after a ten-course module the participants will graduate into the six months in-country fellowship,” Dubawa programme manager, Adedeji Adekunle, said in a statement.