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11 January, 2019

An interesting article by Peter Cunliffe-Jones of Africa Check entitled "The Focus of Misinformation Debates Shifts South" is available here: http://www.niemanlab.org/2018/12/the-focus-of-misinformation-debates-shi...

Cunliffe-Jones writes, "In September 2018, my organization Africa Check ran a workshop in Nigeria on health misinformation, attended by stakeholders from mainstream media to the minister of state for health to leaders of the Nigerian Media Association. The workshop heard of messages circulating on WhatsApp that go beyond the widespread anti-vaccine scares to messages urging parents whose children are suffering conjunctivitis to bathe their eyes in battery acid to “cure” the problem. Research on this issue is being conducted now and details will emerge in 2019, including when the world’s leading fact-checking organizations meet in Cape Town in June."

In case you don't know it, Africa Check (https://africacheck.org/) is dedicated to fact-checking politicians and others, with a strong health focus.

Chris

Chris Zielinski

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Research publications: http://www.researchgate.net

HIFA profile: Chris Zielinski: As a Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Global Health, Chris leads the Partnerships in Health Information (Phi) programme at the University of Winchester. Formerly an NGO, Phi supports knowledge development and brokers healthcare information exchanges of all kinds. Chris has held senior positions in publishing and knowledge management with WHO in Brazzaville, Geneva, Cairo and New Delhi, with FAO in Rome, ILO in Geneva, and UNIDO in Vienna. Chris also spent three years in London as Chief Executive of the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society. He was the founder of the ExtraMED project (Third World biomedical journals on CD-ROM), and managed the Gates Foundation-supported Health Information Resource Centres project. He served on WHO’s Ethical Review Committee, and was an originator of the African Health Observatory. Chris has been a director of the World Association of Medical Editors, UK Copyright Licensing Agency, Educational Recording Agency, and International Association of Audiovisual Writers and Directors. He has served on the boards of several NGOs and ethics groupings (information and computer ethics and bioethics). UK-based, he is also building houses in Zambia. chris AT chriszielinski.com

His publications are at www.ResearchGate.net and https://winchester.academia.edu/ChrisZielinski/ and his blogs are http://ziggytheblue.wordrpress.com and https://www.tumblr.com/blog/ziggytheblue