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Raising the cost of lies, across two continents

Tuesday 25 November 2014 - Decoding


A graffiti in a street of Buenos Aires in October 2014 (Photo: Peter Cunliffe-Jones)

Fact-checking – not simply reporting accurately what people say but investigating, and reporting on, the accuracy of what they say – has been around for a while. It is said by most to have developed as a major force in the United States in 2004 with the creation of the website Factcheck.org, followed a few years later by Politifact.com. In the recent years, it has spread to Africa and Latin America, two regions where lack of trust both in politicians to tell the truth and in traditional media to report it are endemic, writes Peter Cunliffe-Jones, founder and director of Africacheck, Africa's first fact-checking website, and deputy director of the AFP Foundation.

(AFP Photo / Peter Cunliffe-Jones)


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Espionage in Brazil: Spying on Messi

Monday 16 June 2014 - Behind the image

The Argentine national football team trains in Cidade do Galo, near Belo Horizonte, as seen from the hillside where journalists swarm in hopes of garnering some information. (AFP Photo/Juan Mabromata)

Espionage in Brazil: Spying on Messi


"I’m not sure who first discovered this vantage point, but for the Argentine press it's been a veritable gold mine," writes AFP correspondent Mariano Andrade. "Because in Argentina, it seems like everyone wants to know even the smallest detail about the 'Albicelestes', as the national team is known there, and much of the training takes place in private. To feed the insatiable thirst for information back home, Argentine reporters and photographers swarm this hill from the crack of dawn and try to spy on their national team.

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New pope sheds old habits

Wednesday 3 April 2013 - Behind the image

Pope Francis kisses a baby as he leaves at the end of a mass at St Peter's square as part of the Palm Sunday celebration on March 24, 2013 at the Vatican.
AFP Photo/Gabriel Bouys

New pope sheds old habits


He enjoys impromptu walkabouts in crowds, has visited a detention centre to wash inmates’ feet, and refuses to wear the papacy’s trademark red shoes. Since his election on March 13, Pope Francis has broken taboo after taboo – and become a dream subject for photographers. “We’re going to get some great images of him, that’s for sure,” predicts Rome AFP photographer Vincenzo Pinto

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Whistleblower

Tuesday 22 May 2012 - Behind the image

AFP Photographer/Juan Mabromata
(AFP Photo/Juan Mabromata)

Whistleblower


Buenos Aires, May 17, 2012. The city’s Boca Juniors football team is playing against Rio de Janeiro’s Fluminense club in the quarter finals of the Copa Libertadores. AFP photographer Juan Mabromata is at the edge of the pitch, camera in hand. Fifteen minutes into the match, Brazilian defender Carlinhos tackles Pablo Mouche in the penalty area. Colombian referee José Buitrago blows this whistle. Carlinhos heads his way…

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