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DUBAWA trains government officials on fact-checking, digital verification

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DUBAWA has commenced training on fact-checking and digital verification as a civic responsibility for government officials in The Gambia.

The three-day training is part of efforts by the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID), through its verification project DUBAWA, to build the digital literacy of citizens and promote democratic participation in West Africa. 

This training is currently ongoing at Senegambia, Kololi. It would hold from Wednesday, August 16 to Friday 18, 2023. 

This is the second phase of the training scheduled to hold in five African countries DUBAWA is domiciled in; Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and The Gambia. The first leg of the training was successfully conducted in Sierra Leone in May 2023

Participants include communications officials, Information Technology (IT) officials and community engagement officials from different government departments and agencies.

The Executive Director of the centre, Dr Tobi Oluwatola, said government parastatals, especially those responsible for civic education and orientation, play a critical role in tackling misinformation, disinformation and mal-information. 

“They have a responsibility to raise awareness of the problem of information disorder; promote media and information literacy; strengthen fact-checking and verification mechanisms; develop codes of conduct for journalists and social media users; and promote media freedom and diversity. These are the values and behaviours CJID hopes to stir in participants,” he said.

This intervention, supported by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), is focused on strengthening key parastatal institutions and, by extension, the public on the threat and impact of information disorder and other online vices on public discourse and democratic governance.

It aims to ensure a comprehensive survival system for democracy in the age of tech-boosted information disorder and to increase the capacity of the government to intervene during key moments, like general elections.

Signed 

Caroline Anipah 

Deputy Director

Verification and Media Literacy Practice

DUBAWA/CJID

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