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West Africa Insight Vol 7 no.1: Keeping Track in 2019: Votes, Fake News and Security in West Africa

This edition of West Africa Insight will look ahead to key issues and events set to play out in 2019. In February two of the region’s countries will hold presidential elections. Voters will cast their ballots on 16 February in Nigeria. Ahead of the …

Whatsapp and Nigeria's 2019 Elections : Mobilising the People, Protecting the Vote

“Social media has changed the face of politics in Nigeria.” So said many political candidates, professionals, non-governmental organisation (NGO) and civil society actors, scholars and political advisers interviewed as part of this research project …

Free vs. False: Namibia's Changing Media Landscape Presents Tough Choices for Citizens

The World Press Freedom Index considers Namibia the African country with the freest media environment, ranking 23rd in the world. While the media environment may be relatively free, senior Namibian politicians are often cynical about the media and j…

Health Misinformation: False stories from Ebola to Coronavirus

Nigeria has had a long-running battle with misinformation and disinformation. In times of health pandemics, misinformation, or false information shared unintentionally, becomes especially harmful. This was evident during the Ebola crisis in Nigeria;…

Double-edged Sword? Ghanaians see Pros, Cons of Social Media, want Access but not Fake news

Like many other countries, Ghana has been grappling with its share of fake news about COVID-19. On the one hand, rumors that the “foreign disease” targets only whites and the affluent heighten nonchalant attitudes toward fighting the disease. On the…

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