About Us

The Misinformation, Disinformation & False News in Africa Research Project is led by Dani Madrid-Morales (The University of Sheffield) and Herman Wasserman (University of Cape Town). It compares the spread and reception of "fake news" across the continent, and investigates how it affects journalism.
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Our Projects

We have a series of cross-national comparative projects that use different research methods (surveys, interviews, focus groups, experiments). In addition to academic publications, we also share our findings with the wider public through interviews with the media, and by publishing accessible pieces online.
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Useful Resources

With research on "fake news", disinformation and misinformmation on the rise, there's a lot of excellent resources, studies and databases being made available regularly by scholars, NGOs and media houses worldwide. We keep a list of some these resources, particularly those related to African countries.
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Herman Wasserman to Present at Countering Vaccine Hesitancy Conference

Herman Wasserman will give a presentation on how to tackle disinformation around Covid-19 vaccines to an international meeting of Academies of Science. The conference, ‘‘Countering Vaccine Hesitancy’, is hosted by the Interacademy Partnership and will highlight how academies – as trusted and credible voices – can counter vaccine hesitancy,...

WHO launches the African Infodemic Response Alliance

 The World Health Organization’s  Regional Office in Africa joined forces with intergovernmental and governmental organisations, as well as non-state actors across the continent to launch AIRA, to respond to infodemic threats at regional and country levels. Regional activities are critically important for effective infodemic management, and AIRA is an...

Meet the UCT prof fighting fake news on the global frontline

Herman Wasserman is a hunter, but not the sort that carries a rifle. Wasserman has become one of Africa’s foremost fake news hunters. In the age of disinformation, his experience and ethics are increasingly sought after on the continent and beyond. A University of Cape Town professor, with laser-beam...

Motivations for Sharing Misinformation: Study explores factors for sharing misinformation in six sub-Saharan African countries

In most African countries, “fake news,” politically motivated disinformation, and misinformation in the media were common occurrences before these became a preoccupation in the Global North. However, with a fast-growing population of mobile users, and the popularization of apps such as WhatsApp, misinformation has become much more pervasive across...

UCT’s Herman Wasserman leads global study on disinformation

Article by Carla Bernardo Professor Herman Wasserman from the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Centre for Film and Media Studies (CFMS) will embark on an international study on the information disorder in the Global South, with funds of approximately R4.5 million from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The scoping study aims...

Cultural factors are behind disinformation pandemic: why this matters

To contain and mitigate the virus of misinformation needs multi-levelled, socio-cultural approaches. GettyImages Herman Wasserman, University of Cape Town The prevalence of disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic has prompted Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) to warn that: We’re not just fighting an epidemic;...