Rise of disinformation campaigns in Africa

Date: Mar 25, 2024

Disinformation campaigns on the rise

The Africa Centre for Strategic Studies, based in Washington, has released their latest infographic, titled “Mapping a Surge of Disinformation in Africa”. It speaks about how disinformation targeting Africa has surged nearly fourfold in the past two years—to 189 documented campaigns targeting 39 countries. Sixty percent of these campaigns are foreign sponsored.  West Africa stands out as the continent’s most targeted region with 72 disinformation campaigns—half of which are linked to Russia. Countries with military juntas or authoritarian governments experience higher volumes of foreign-sponsored disinformationunderscoring that there is almost always a local political beneficiary of these malign influence operations. On #SAfmMeetingPoint Koketso Sachane is joined by Dr Mark Duerksen, who is the strategic communications manager and research associate at the Africa Centre for Strategic Studies

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