Reporters from Cote d’Ivoire and Cameroon took the top prizes in this year’s African Fact-Checking Awards.
Anderson Diédri, of the website Eburnietoday.com, was named the winner of the top fact-checking award for francophone African media, for a report exposing as false claims made by the government of Cote d’Ivoire in a land dispute in the country’s centre.
The award for English-language media went to Arison Tamfu, of the Cameroon Journal, for a report revealing that claims by the country’s President Paul Biya to have gifted laptops to “each student of a public or private university in Cameroon” were false.
The runners-up, named by organisers Africa Check, the continent’s leading independent fact-checking organization, in a ceremony in Nairobi on Thursday, were Swazi journalist Phathizwe Mongezi Zulu, for a report for South Africa’s AmaBhungane and GroundUp websites on a plane acquired by King Mswati III, and Dayo Oketola, of Punch Newspaper in Nigeria, for a report into the claims of a publicly-funded communications satellite operator.
The two winners each pick up a first prize of USD$2,000, while the runners take home a prize of USD$1,000 each. The awards, hosted again this year by the African Media Initiative (AMI), were sponsored by the AFP news agency and the philanthropic Shuttleworth Foundation.