As Dubawa is charged with keenly executing this mandate, an intensive two-day fact-checking training, supported by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, was organised for 10 leading Ghanaian bloggers last week.
The training, which was facilitated by the Dubawa team (Dapo Olorunyomi, Adedeji Adekunle and Kemi Busari) as well as legal and media expert, Zakaria Tanko, centered mainly on identifying the need to combat misinformation with basic tools for fighting misinformation online and propagating the legal ramifications of spreading misinformation to the electorate.
The training ended with a joint agreement by Dubawa and the bloggers to promote accountability, transparency and accuracy in election-related stories.
In the agreement, the bloggers, recognising misinformation and disinformation as a threat to the December 7 elections, committed to do the following as a social service in support of Ghana’s democracy:
- Help maintain an election devoid of the corruption of information, otherwise called “fake news”.
- Collaborate with Dubawa to identify viral misinformation and disinformation in the media space and on social media ahead of the December 7 elections.
- Sharing verified or fact-checked information by Dubawa on our various platforms including social media before, during, and after the elections.