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Dubawa Collaborates with Ghanaian Bloggers in Fighting Misinformation Ahead of 2020 Ghana Elections

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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:

  1. Help maintain an election devoid of the corruption of information, otherwise called “fake news”.
  2. Collaborate with Dubawa to identify viral misinformation and disinformation in the media space and on social media ahead of the December 7 elections.
  3. Sharing verified or fact-checked information by Dubawa on our various platforms including social media before, during, and after the elections.

Maxine Gloria Danso is a Senior Researcher with Dubawa Ghana. Maxine has previously worked as a Research Assistant engaging in some notable communication research projects in Ghana, having completed a Master of Philosophy programme in Communication Studies at the University of Ghana, with specialisation in journalism, public relations and advertising. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and French from the University of Ghana, with a University Diploma in French Studies from Université Rennes 2 in France. Maxine contributes to the team by drawing from her knowledge and research experience in media studies.

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