Tags : Fact-check

Dubawa Inducts 26 Fact-Checkers For 2021 West Africa-Wide Fellowship

West Africa’s verification and fact-checking platform, Dubawa, has concluded plans to induct twenty-six (26) fellows into its 2021 cohort of fact-checkers to combat misinformation in the sub-region. The platform, under the aegis of the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ), announced the commencement of the yearly fellowship in Abuja on Monday, May 17, 2021.  […]

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Does consumption of coconut trigger cough?

CLAIM: Twitter users claim that eating coconut causes coughing. VERDICT: It is not true. Well processed and channeled coconut is even good for coughing. BACKGROUND A Twitter account Freeman, (@charlolar), posted on October 21, 2014, that what causes coughing is coconut. The handle stated that: “@iam_dannex: What Causes Cough? #iNogoTell_by_icee songOftheSeason” coconut. Another twitter account, […]

Is It True Cervical Cancer Screenings, Treatments Can Cause Infertility?

Claim: A viral WhatsApp message shows the fear some people have concerning Cervical Cancer screening becoming a cause of infertility. Also, a Medical Website posted that there is a chance a woman may have a higher risk of miscarriage or infertility owing to potential changes to and scarring of the cervix after she gets the […]

Claims, myths hold that thunderstorms kill humans and animals unnaturally

Claims: Thunderstorm is often sent to destroy a person, animal, or thing unnaturally. It serves as vengeance or sanction for a wrong deed. Verdict: Thunderstorm is scientific. This is because science assumes the reality of its matters to minimise critical metaphysical attitude. Full Text: Belief about havoc wreaked by thunderstorms comes in two ways; sometimes […]

Fact-check: Has South Korean candidate, Yoo Myung-hee, withdrawn from WTO

Claim: Media reports and social media users claimed that Minister Yoo Myung-hee has withdrawn from the WTO DG race. Verdict: Minister Yoo Myung-hee has not withdrawn from the WTO DG race as the Council is yet to receive her withdrawal notice and officially announce the minister’s withdrawal from the race. Full Text: There was a […]

Again, Nigerians Congratulate Okonjo-Iweala On Landing WTO Job But She’s

Claim: Media reports and social media users claimed that Dr Okonjo-Iweala has emerged as the first female DG of WTO. Verdict: Although, there are all indications that the former Finance Minister of Nigeria may be declared the winner as she currently enjoys massive votes edge, she is yet to be confirmed and officially announced by […]

Demystifying The Lore That You’re Being Visited By Demon When

From time immemorial, there has been the assumption and belief that when someone, though awake from sleep, is unable to move the legs, hands or body, it means an evil spirit is pressing the person from gaining full consciousness.  Even a Dutch physician Isbrand Van Diembroeck wrote about the case of a 50-year old woman […]

Does Unripe Pawpaw Water Cure Neonatal Jaundice?

Jaundice is a common and usually harmless condition in newborn babies that causes yellowing of the skin and the whites (sclera) of the eyes.  Newborns with jaundice, medically called neonatal jaundice, are easily identified with yellowing of the palms of the hands and/ or soles of the feet, yellow urine instead of being colourless; pale-coloured […]

Fact-Check: Are ShopRite Owners Selling Nigeria’s Stake as Sales Plunge?

On Monday, August 3, 2020, there was a report flying on Social Media that ShopRite, Africas largest food retailer, was planning to exit the Nigerian market after posting continuous decline in sales from its operations.  CLAIM ONE: ShopRite is planning to exit Nigeria. FINDINGS ON CLAIM ONE:In a telephone conversation with one of the Branch […]

Dubawa Fact-Checking Fellowship: Journalists Trained On Information Disorder, Fact-Checking Importance

Fact-checking Journalism, at a purely professional level, operates on the principle that Journalists must dig at the truth to reveal its nuggets rationally. The Publisher, Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism, PTCIJ, Mr Oyedapo Olorunyomi, noted this at the second phase of Dubawa Fact-checking fellowship virtual training; adding that Journalists’ understanding of News must always […]