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Goethe-Institut announces events to help fight fake news


Photo: Jeremiah Ikongio/ Goethe-Institut Nigerua

With the growing threat of ‘fake news’ in Nigeria and the world at large, Goethe-Institut Nigeria has announced it will hold two events on fake news and fact-finding in October.

The events are designed to lend a critical voice and a Nigerian perspective to the global campaign against the alarming increase of fake news worldwide.

The first event, The 101 of Fake News & Fact-Finding in Nigeria, is a one-day conference that is specifically designed for journalists with the aim to examine and discuss various aspects of ‘Fake News’. 

‘Fake news’ refers to both the intentional distribution of incorrect information as well as to efforts to discredit accurate reporting, according to Transparency International.


Five notable journalists and fact-checkers will lead highly interactive sessions that focus on a wide spectrum of topics. The discussion will include theoretical sessions in which the characteristics and effects of Fake News in Nigeria will be identified and debated and more practical session that provide tools in order to spot and combat the spread of disinformation in the newsroom and beyond.

The sessions will be facilitated by Lolade Nwanze, Head of Digital operations The Guardian Nigeria; David Ajikobi, Nigeria editor, Africa Check; Victor Mathias, Channels TV presenter;  Mayowa Tijani, Business and Development Editor, TheCable; and ‘Fisayo Soyombo, former editor of the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR).

The conference takes place on Wednesday, October 16th, from 10 am to 6 pm, in the Event Hall of the Goethe Institute. Attendance is by invitation only and limited. To register, please RSVP to no later than October 11, 2019. Thereafter, you will receive a confirmation email regarding your attendance status.

In contrast, the second event – a panel discussion, entitled Fake or Fact? Disinformation & (New) Media in Nigeria which is organized in partnership with the Alliance Francaise de Lagos, is open to the public. The event takes place at the AAF/Mike Adenuga Centre (9, Osborne Road, Ikoyi) and starts at 7 pm prompt.

The panel discussion will shed more light on the impact and effect of Fake News in Nigeria. Lolade Nwanze, David Ajikobi, Victor Mathias, ‘Fisayo Soyombo & Mayowa Tijani will re-assemble to debate why and how are fake news spread, the role fake news play in current politics and what can be done to combat fake news. To enrich the conversation, the audience will engage the panellists in a Question and Answer session. 


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