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About #237Check

This is a fact-checking and information verification platform that works on countering misinformation and disinformation in Cameroon.

www.237check.org

Context

With the ongoing conflict in the Northwest and Southwest regions, and the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an upsurge in the spread of mis/disinformation related to hate speech. Bloggers and Activist trained have been publishing articles of fact checking on the different crises. In order to provide coordinated platform, and owing to the need to build a critical mass of fact checkers, #defyhatenow with it’s partners runs 237Check that federates fact checkers online and offline.

 

#defyhatenow​

#defyhatenow works on creating frameworks for enhancing trust between stakeholders in Africa through mobilizing civic action against all forms of hate speech, misinformation, human rights violations, and incitement to violence. In Cameroon the initiative is implemented by Civic Watch.The organization is considered one of the leading entities that work on providing data-driven solutions to the problem of hate speech, fake news, and misinformation in Africa, working at the nexus of technology, peacebuilding, and human rights. #defyhatenow’s team of researchers, designers, data analysts, and programmers have a wide range of experiences and are currently leading flagship projects in Cameroon, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Kenya.

Visit #defyhatenow website here .

 

Association Civic Watch

Civic Watch is a community-based organization registered in Cameroon as a non-profit youth led group. Its main goal is community mobilisation to counter hateful rhetoric among young people both online and offline. It addresses questions of incitement to violence, tolerance and peacebuilding in relation to social media. Civic Watch offers a unique portal of relevance and significance in the quest for solutions to conflict situations by promoting social cohesion and growth locally. Believing in the power that young people have and the impact they create. Civic Watch has been networking with similar community based organisations for an inclusive strategy for peace.

Visit Civic Watch website here.

 

Objectives

  • Provide a platform for Cameroon fact-checkers to publish articles/reports on various thematic issues within Cameroon.
  • Offer editorial support and training on fact-checking to Cameroon journalists, bloggers, and content creators.
  • Enhance the quality and health (fact-based) of information shared online in Cameroon.
  • Curate Covid-19 related facts, data and resources.

#defyhatenow by #fact-checking

With the upsurge in the spread of mis/disinformation, #defyhatenow has in recent years embarked on Fact Checking as a means to enhance trust between communities. We have introduced and successfully run the #Africa Fact Checking Fellowship in South Sudan and Cameroon. Moreover established independent Fact Checking platforms in South Sudan – #211Check and recently in Cameroon – #237Check.

Visit #AFFCameroon portal here.

Appreciation

European Union/UNESCO Multi sector Office for Central Africa

#CoronavirusFacts, A European Union/UNESCO Multi sector Office for Central Africa funded grassroots community of people who are committed to providing information awareness on #COVID19 virus in Cameroon and preventing the spread of misinformation related to COVID-19.

See #CoronavirusFacts here.

 

Editor, July - December 2021: Beaugas Orain DJOYUM

Beaugas Orain DJOYUM is also the president of Smart Click Africa Association, Editor of Digital Business Africa and CEO of ICT Media STRATEGIES

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