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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Nigeria: ICFJ Unveils Team to Check Misinformation

With a view to mitigating the spread of misinformation tied to the Covid-19 pandemic and other critical issues, a group of respected journalists and social media influencers, with the backing of the International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ), will be working with newsrooms and fact-checking organisations in Nigeria.

Development Diaries learnt that the journalists and social media influencers, led by ICFJ Knight Fellow Hannah Ajakaiye, seek to increase the reach of credible information by sharing fact-checks by media partners through their social media platforms.

Through multi-levelled methods and approaches, Ajakaiye is optimistic that the initiative, ICFJ Knight Nigeria Programme, will curb the spread of misinformation.

She said, ‘Recent research shows that African audiences have low levels of trust in the media and are exposed to a high degree of misinformation and often contribute to its spread.

‘We believe our collaboration with these leading influencers is a timely intervention that can help restore the diminishing level of trust in Nigeria’s local media whilst also reducing exposure to misinformation’.

The Director of the ICFJ Knight Fellowship Programme, Jerri Eddings, said that the initiative was an opportunity for leading digital influencers to become verifiable sources of credible information.

She added that Nigerians will be empowered with the accurate information they need to make informed decisions concerning the spread of Covid-19.

She said, ‘We are excited about this new project to work with journalists and social media influencers in Nigeria, to combat misinformation, especially during this time when we are facing such a deadly global health challenge in Covid-19.

The list of leading influencers includes investigative journalist, Fisayo Soyombo; social justice advocate Segun Awosanya; grassroots campaigner, Hamzat Lawal; insightful health influencer, Dr Fidelis Egemba; and human rights activist, Barr Abdul Mahmud.

Source: News Wire NGR

Photo source: Fredrik Walløe

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