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Ghana’s Jonas Nyabor nominated for 2022 Africa fact-checking awards

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Ghanaian journalist, Jonas Nyabor, has been nominated for the 2022 Africa Fact-Checking Awards.

He is among the few selected from across the continent to be awarded for their outstanding fact-checking reports between 2021 and 2022.

Mr. Nyabor, was nominated in the Professional Fact-Checker category of the awards alongside AFP Fact-Check’s James Okong’o.

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The award, organized by Africa Check, the continent’s independent non-profit fact-checking organisation, is aimed at honouring and recognizing journalists and fact-checkers who are involved in the fight against misinformation and disinformation in the public domain in Africa.

Jonas Nyabor has investigated and debunked dozens of claims on important subjects such as the economy, politics, and health.

One of his recent works which focused on COVID-19 unmasked a coordinated Twitter network that included fake accounts and bots that spread disinformation about Covid-19 vaccination in Ghana.

The network actively worked to whip up anti-vaccine sentiments leading to vaccine hesitancy.

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The report was showcased at a capstone open-source investigation programme organized by the International Centre for Journalists,(ICFJ) and Code4Africa in Dakar, Senegal in July this year.

Jonas Nyabor is a fact-checking fellow with Dubawa, a West African independent verification and fact-checking project initiated by the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID).

In 2020, he came up as the 1st runner-up in the best fact-checker category in the Dubawa fellowship fact-checking awards.

The nominated fact-checking report and final decision on the entries will be unveiled at the Africa fact-checking summit scheduled to take place in Nairobi, Kenya on 9th and 10th November 2022.

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