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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Dani Madrid-Morales presents on Recentering Disinformation Studies at City University of London

On the 5th of April Dani Madrid-Morales presented on Re-centering Disinformation Studies at City University of London. Madrid-Morales presented alongside panelists Dr Lindsey Bluebell, Dr Mel Bunce, Dr Zahera Harb and Dr Abdullahi Tasiu Abubakar. In addition to discussing the importance of ‘de-westernising’ disinformation studies, Madrid-Morales introduced his new...

BIG READ: Fighting back against the global information disorder

Herman Wasserman writes for Business Live on how the public sphere is being contaminated by rumours, hate and deception. Wasserman notes that we are currently witnessing a global “information disorder”, resulting from the combination of a changing media landscape and a fractious political environment. After two years of the...

Who is Responsible for Stopping the Spread of Misinformation? Examining Audience Perceptions of Responsibilities and Responses in Six Sub-Saharan African Countries

This past week at the International Communication Association conference in Paris, Herman Wasserman and Dani-Madrid Morales discussed their latest paper co-authored alongside Melissa Tully, Gregory Gondwe and Kioko Ireri, Who is Responsible for Stopping the Spread of Misinformation? Examining Audience Perceptions of Responsibilities and Responses in Six Sub-Saharan African...

Information disorder: Report harnesses Global South responses

Information disorder threatens media freedom and democracies across the globe. In the Global South, multi-level responses are needed to counter its spread, said Professor Herman Wasserman, the editor of the recently released “Meeting the Challenges of Information Disorder in the Global South” report. He is based in the University...

Novel study reveals efforts in the Global South to counter the information disorder

From teams of independent fact-checkers in Latin America, to policy makers in Africa and the Middle East, to media education specialists in Asia, organizations and movements in lower- and middle-income countries are rising to combat the problem of so-called “fake news.”    Meeting the Challenges of Information Disorder in the...

Dani Madrid-Morales to present at ISSCO Regional Workshop: Europe and Africa

The International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas (ISSCO) will be holding a regional workshop on the effects of COVID-19 on the Chinese Diaspora in Europe and Africa. Assistant Professor Dani Madrid-Morales will be presenting on Kenyan and South African social media users’ engagement with disinformation about China and...