With the support of the US Consulate General in Lagos, the West Africa Broadcast and Media Academy (WABMA) and the Enugu Literacy Society (ELS) launched “Project Fact Check Nigeria”, a media literacy and fight against disinformation.
The project aims to build critical thinking skills, develop digital and media literacy, and build the capacity of radio journalists to counter misinformation and misinformation in the 17 southern states of Nigeria.
Through this project, more than 170 radio hosts, producers and journalists will learn fact-checking skills and explore best practices for spotting fake news, disinformation and misinformation.
Speaking at the workshop’s opening ceremony in Lagos on Monday, US Consulate Public Affairs Officer Stephen Ibelli explained that a healthy democracy requires both an informed public and a responsible media that provides truthful and objective information.
By promoting media literacy, we reinforce the principles of transparency, good governance and the rule of law which constitute essential cornerstones of our democratic system.
“By promoting media literacy, we reinforce the principles of transparency, good governance and the rule of law which are essential cornerstones of our democratic system,” noted Ibelli.
As part of the project, WABMA and ELS have partnered with the management of the 17 participating radio stations to produce and broadcast media literacy and counter-disinformation programs over the next 12 months.
Radio programs and content will emphasize the importance of personal responsibility in the dissemination of information and will also teach basic media literacy skills.
To support the production and broadcast of radio programs and media literacy content, the US Consulate, WABMA and ELS donated equipment including computers, digital voice recorders, headsets and microphones to radio stations.
“In the months ahead, we ask that you promote media literacy skills and educate your audience and people in your various social networks and communities to be vigilant against the threat of fake news,” Ibelli said.
A secondary component of “Project Fact Check Nigeria” involves teaching 1,000 young leaders the basics of digital fact checking and how to separate fact from fiction and opinion using the existing media literacy program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).
Participants will be empowered to educate people within their social networks and communities to promote media literacy that helps individuals identify malicious narratives and misinformation.