One of the facilitator, Stehane Grueso engaging the journalists. Photo: Eva Martin/ Spanish Embassy Abuja
Casa Africa, in partnership with the Spanish Embassy in Nigeria, and the Centre for Journalism Innovation & Development (CJID), through its verification platform Dubawa, have trained 35 Nigerian journalists on methods and technology to combat disinformation.
The training an initiative of the #PeriodismoÁfrica program of Casa África, seeks to bring Africa and Spain closer together through educational, economic, cultural and informative activities.
The Director General of Casa Africa, José Segura Clavell, explained that the alliance was necessary to help strengthen the capacities of African journalists in fact-checking and digital security.
“We believe that these skills are essential for a quality journalism that can inform citizens and combat misinformation that can undermine democracy and human rights,” he said.
The Executive Director at the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development, Dr. Tobi Oluwatola urged media professionals to use artificial intelligence (AI) for digital literacy and verification.
While the ambassador of Spain to Nigeria, Juan Sell, remarked that one of his nation’s goals is to encourage a free, independent, reputable, and competent media, both in Africa and elsewhere, adding that it is a requirement for a vibrant and inclusive democracy.
A participant, from Aso Radio and Television, Afolashade Azeez said she would utilise the news skills learnt to enable her be at par with the digitally terrain.
The participants were exposed to advanced fact checking methods, artificial intelligence utilisation tactics, and digital cybersecurity.
Reporting Hadiza Abdulrahman; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu