Views from Ondo and Edo: CDD Arms Journalists Against Disinformation

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Journalists in Edo and Ondo States have been educated by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) to use Meedan tools in order to combat election disinformation in the run-up to the governorship elections.

One such technology is Meedan, which develops a free and open-source software platform for content annotation and fact checking.

Additionally, it operates a service that, upon request from journalists, fact-checking organizations, and media outlets, compiles the ideas of public health specialists.

“Our focus is on how to use an innovative tool known as Meedan Check to enhance our efforts in countering disinformation,” said Mr. Armsfree Ajanaku, who is in charge of fact-checking at the CDD.

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He went on to say, “Our duty as journalists and other public-spirited professionals does not let us to discount the gravity of the dangers offered by false information.

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The process of solidifying democracy is thwarted by misinformation and disinformation, which operate in unorganized and dispersed ways to weaken strong engagement in crucial activities.

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