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African Fact-Checking Awards 2022 for Journalistic Excellence in Africa

Entries for the 2022 awards are now open to journalists, journalism students, and a newly added category of professional fact-checkers. For more on application information, Read further.

African Fact-Checking Awards 2022 for Journalistic Excellence in Africa (USD7,000+ in Prizes)

The African Fact-Checking Awards, the longest-running awards programme honouring fact-checking journalism by the media in Africa, are in their ninth year.

The need for accurate information in everyday life has spurred the growth of fact-checking in Africa and across the world. In 2021, we received a record number of 216 entries from 28 African countries. We expect even more in 2022.

To qualify, entries must have been first published or broadcast in the period from 1 August 2021 to 15 July 2022. The fact-check should conclude that a claim about an important topic, originating in or relevant to Africa, is either misleading or wrong.

The awards have three categories, with honours going to a winner and a runner-up.

See-African Union Media Fellowship for African journalists and content creators


  • Fact-Check of the Year by a Working Journalist
  • Fact-Check of the Year by a Professional Fact-Checker
  • and Fact-Check of the Year by a Student Journalist

The winners of the working journalist and professional fact-checker categories will each get a prize of US$3,000. The runners-up will receive $1,500.


To be eligible, entries for this competition must:

  • Be the original work of the individual or team identified in the entry form as the author.
  • Expose a claim on an important topic that originated in or is relevant to Africa as misleading or wrong.
  • Be an original piece of fact-checking journalism first published or broadcast on any date from 1 August 2021 to 15 July 2022.
  • Be received by the organisers before midnight GMT on 15 July 2022. Late entries will not be accepted.
  • Be received by the organisers via the official entry form.

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  • By submitting an entry, the entrant confirms that they are the authors of the work, and that in the case of any dispute about this, this is entirely the entrant’s responsibility
  • Reports published by Africa Check are not eligible for the competition.

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