THE Africa Check has announced that the 2023 edition of the Africa Facts summit will take place in Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius on October 5 – 6, 2023.
According to the organizers, the event which aims at strengthening and elevating the practice of fact-checking and resilience-building in Africa will bring together fact-checking organizations and experts from all regions of the continent.
The Executive Director of Africa Check, Noko Makgato, in a statement explained that the summit serves as an opportunity for fact-checkers to come together to discuss challenges facing fact-checking practice and opportunities in the broader effort to counter misinformation and disinformation in Africa.
“It allows us to find context-specific solutions in response to the scourge of bad information.
“The summit aims to showcase the latest trends, research and practical approaches to countering the spread of false and misleading information in Africa.
“These will include the challenges and opportunities posed by artificial intelligence for fact-checkers, and why African fact-checkers should put climate change misinformation on the agenda. The meeting will also showcase effective media literacy activities and offer practical skills workshops,” he stated.
The summit will conclude with the highly anticipated African Fact-Checking Awards gala dinner which is the longest running and largest awards programme honouring fact-checking journalism in Africa, he noted.
Nurudeen Akewushola is a fact-checker with FactCheckHub. He has authored several fact checks which have contributed to the fight against information disorder. You can reach him via email@example.com and @NurudeenAkewus1 via Twitter.