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Africa Check is a non-profit organisation set up in 2012 to promote accuracy in public debate and the media in Africa. The goal of our work is to raise the quality of information available to society across the continent.
As former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan says: “For democracies to function properly, for people to make informed decisions about their lives, the claims made in the public domain must be held up to scrutiny and their veracity checked openly and impartially.
“I salute the work of Africa Check, as an important initiative engaging with journalists and citizens across the continent to raise the level of public debate.”
Devised by the non-profit media development arm of the international news agency AFP, we are an independent organisation with offices in Johannesburg, Dakar and London, producing reports in English and French testing claims made by public figures, institutions and the media against the best available evidence.
Since 2012 we have fact-checked hundreds of claims on topics from crime and race in South Africa to population numbers in Nigeria and fake health cures in countries around Africa.
In addition to South Africa and Senegal, we work in countries including Nigeria, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Our work is published and discussed in media across the continent.