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Fake news and false confessions in Sudan protests

An investigation into claims that innocent men were framed on social media to try discredit peaceful protests that helped topple Sudan’s former president Omar al-Bashir.

Trending investigates claims that innocent men were framed to try to discredit demonstrations against Sudan’s former leader Omar al-Bashir.

After mass street protests, the military stepped in to end President Bashir’s 30-year rule earlier this month. But the BBC has uncovered evidence that the regime organised a fake news campaign to try to portray peaceful protesters as violent rebels.

Students were allegedly tortured to make false confessions that were filmed and distributed online. However, social media played a critical role in exposing the attempted deception.

Presenter: Anisa Subedar
Reporter: Owen Pinnell

Photo Caption: Demonstrators gather during a rally outside the army complex in the capital Khartoum.
Photo Credit: Getty Images.

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