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AFP’s fact-check service debunks misinformation spread online. Here are some of our recent fact-checks: 1. US Democrats’ comments Multiple social media posts show statements made by prominent US Democrats with pictures of burning buildings to suggest the politicians had previously incited unrest. These politicians include Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, […]




A UK-based comedian has sparked a censorship row after he apologised to Chinese fans and removed a video featuring a fellow YouTube star who had been critical of Beijing. Malaysian-born stand-up Nigel Ng has become a viral sensation in recent months with his character “Uncle Roger”, an alter-ego based on a disapproving middle-aged man who […]




Swedish prosecutors said Tuesday they would not pursue a case against top Eritrean officials over the two-decade-long imprisonment of a Swedish-Eritrean journalist, arguing an effective investigation would likely not be possible. The case concerns Swedish-Eritrean journalist Dawit Isaak, who has been imprisoned in Eritrea since 2001. Press freedom group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says he […]




A Chinese advert for make-up wipes which linked a woman’s appearance to the likelihood of assault has been taken down, and the company forced to apologise, after a backlash over “victim-blaming”. The advert, released last week by Chinese cotton products manufacturer Purcotton, showed a woman walking home at night followed by a male stalker. As […]




Three Hong Kong democracy supporters were jailed for up to five and a half years on Friday for their involvement in a protest at the city’s airport where a mainland Chinese state media reporter was tied up and assaulted. Hong Kong was rocked by seven straight months of huge and sometimes violent democracy protests in […]




Dispatches from AFP concerning freedom of information, censorship and news coverage in regions where independent media is under threat.