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Is Journalism in Africa Threatened by Fake News?

Akwasi Sarpong, Didi Akinyelure and an audience in Malawi debate the impact of fake news on journalism in Africa.

Plastic rice. Death hoaxes. ‘Marry twice or go to jail’. How can journalists preserve audience trust in an era of social media and – some say – fake news? Do social media platforms have a responsibility to curb the spread of fake news? And can government censorship can ever be the answer?

The BBC’s Akwasi Sarpong and Didi Akinyelure debate the big questions with an audience in Malawi.

(Image: A stack of newspapers branded with a red ‘fake’ stamp. Credit: Thinkstock; BBC.)

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Sun 19 Feb 2017 12:06GMT

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