June 22, 2020 (Thessherald)–An independent and Africa’s first fact-checking group, Africa Check, has conducted an independent investigation into the alleged presence of foreign forces in South Sudan, and concluded that the Egyptian Armed Forces had not set foot on South Sudan’s soil, laying to rest unverified rumors and lingering doubts on social media platforms.
In an 8-page report obtained by the South Sudan Herald, the group said it had conducted an independent investigation into the allegations, and therefore concluded that they were unfounded and not supported by any concrete evidence.
“This is not entirely true. We have investigated the allegations, and used technology to establish the alleged presence of the Egyptian armed forces in South Sudan, but we found all those claims to be groundless,” the group said in a statement.
In the past few weeks, there have been widespread rumors on social media, claiming that the Egyptian Armed Forces requested a military base in Pagak and Maban respectively in preparation for an all-out war with the Ethiopian forces, an allegation denied by South Sudan’s Foreign Affairs Ministry.
Founded in 2012, Africa Check provides accurate information and helps the public separate facts from fake news. The group has been on the frontline fighting against disinformation and misinformation.
It currently partners with more 12 organizations, comprising of international media organizations and civil society groups around the world.