The Nigerian Fact-checkers’ Coalition (NFC)) as part of its civic responsibility to combat disinformation in Nigeria, will be participating in the Arise News Presidential Town Hall meeting scheduled for Sunday, November 13, 2022.
The Coalition will conduct a live fact-checking of claims and counterclaims made by candidates during the town hall meeting tomorrow.
The Sunday’s event would feature the presidential candidates of Africa Action Congress, Omoyele Sowore; Action Democratic Party, Yabagi Sani; All Progressive Grand Alliance, Prof Peter Umeadi and Social Democratic Party, Prince Adewole Adebayo.
Managing Editor of the International Centre for Investigative Reporting Ajibola Amzat described town hall meetings as an important opportunity for candidates to share their thoughts with Nigerians.
“But we should not take it for granted that the information the politicians will provide is gospel. That is why the role of the Nigerian Fact-checkers’ Coalition is crucial in the town hall meeting series,” he said.
DUBAWA Editor Kemi Busari expressed satisfaction with the contribution of the Nigerian Fact-checkers’ Coalition so far.
“More and more, we are seeing politicians being careful with their statements. That goes to show how much Nigerian fact-checkers have done to enrich our democracy.”
He said the Coalition is set to engage important facts on the election and we hope to continuously help curb the spread of falsehood and provide citizens with accurate information to make political decisions.
NFC comprises leading Nigerian newsrooms and think-tank groups such as Africa Check, Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD); Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID), Daily Trust, Digital Africa Research Lab, DUBAWA, FactCheckHub, FactsMatterNG, International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR); Premium Times, The Cable, The Insight.