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Africa's Fake News Epidemic and Covid-19: What Impact on Democracy?

Expert event to explore the impact of Covid-19 misinformation across Africa.
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    (Photo: Freepik)

IWPR and its FakeWatch Africa project are hosting an online discussion on the impact both coronavirus and the fake news infodemic are having on public discourse and civic participation in Africa.

As Covid-19 spreads across the African continent, false information and fake news accompany it. At the same time, civic life and elections must continue – Malawi, for instance, conducted presidential elections on June 23rd.

“Covid-19 and the fake news infodemic: What impact on democracy in Africa?” will bring together experts in the field for an in-depth hour-long discussion on June 30, 2020.

  • Dr Alex Vines OBE, Director, Chatham House Africa Programme, United Kingdom
  • Anthony Borden, Executive Director, IWPR (, United Kingdom
  • Chris Maroleng, Executive Director, Good Governance Africa (, South Africa
  • Joshua Olufemi, Founder, Dataphyte and former programme director (, Nigeria
  • Wisdom Nelson Chimgwede, Journalist and media expert, Malawi


  • Andres Ilves, FakeWatch Africa, IWPR, South Africa

Date: Tuesday June 30, 2020
Time: 1300 UK/Nigeria / 1400 South Africa/Malawi / 1500 Kenya

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone via this Zoom link. No need to register in advance.

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