#42 Africa Check, Peter Cunliffe-Jones

“Had I not played the piano, things might have been very different.”


Peter is the founder and executive director of Africa Check. He grew up in Liverpool, UK, before studying African history at Cambridge University between 1984-87. Peter then joined the Paris-based AFP news agency in 1990. Over the next two decades, he worked for AFP as a reporter. Peter were in Bosnia and Croatia during the Balkan wars, in Nigeria as bureau chief for four years over the end of military rule, and in Hong Kong, as chief editor for the Asia region running from New Zealand to Afghanistan. In 2010, his first book, “My Nigeria: Five decades of independence” was published. The following year Peter joined the non-profit AFP Foundation. He left AFP in March 2016, becoming a fellow of the Shuttleworth Foundation, and a visiting researcher at the University of Westminster. When not working, Peter divides his time between playing the piano and suffering alongside his 12-year old son as Liverpool miss out on the Premiership title year after year.


Africa Check, founded in 2012, is the continent’s leading independent fact-checking organisation. Its mission is to promote accuracy in public debate and the media in key countries across Africa, as well as to foster a wider practice of fact-checking across the continent. It exists in the belief that people all over the world make decisions based on the best information available, and that misleading or false information makes for poor decisions. Africa Check currently operates offices in South Africa and Senegal and is soon to launch offices in Nigeria and Kenya. Its teams of researchers work from the Journalism Department of the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, South Africa and the EJICOM journalism school in Dakar, Senegal. Besides publishing reports, Africa Check trains and mentors other media in fact-checking and runs the African Fact-Checking Awards.


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