“Fighting for honesty and truth”.

“Fighting for honesty and truth”.

Disinformation can start anywhere – and, with the help of the digital grapevine and the political rumor mill, spread to all corners of the African continent within minutes. Fact-checking is a necessity.

 As early as 1710, the great British satirist Jonathan Swift wrote: “As the vilest writer has his readers, so the greatest liar has his believers; and it often happens, that if a lie be believed only for an hour, it has done its work, and there is no farther occasion for it. Falsehood flies, and the truth comes limping after it; so that when men come to be undeceived, it is too late; the jest is over, and the tale has had its effect.”

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