Editor's note

The spreading of false information, a phenomenon known as “fake news”, has an unsavoury history. Until now, it’s been studied mostly in the US and Europe, with very little attention in Africa despite its widespread use on the continent. A new study by Herman Wasserman and Dani Madrid-Morales shows that the spread of false information – through disinformation and misinformation – is so widespread in Africa that it has eroded trust in the media.

And Lucia O'Sullivan unpacks a very important topic: how a different type of research is needed when it comes to understanding sexual violence against women. Traditionally, research has focused on the experience of the victims. But to gain better knowledge, it’s time to start learning more about the men who commit the assaults.

Thabo Leshilo

Politics + Society Editor

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Nigerians have the lowest trust in the country’s media, thanks to widespread misinformation. EPA/Ahmed Jallanzo

Study sheds light on scourge of “fake” news in Africa

Herman Wasserman, University of Cape Town; Dani Madrid-Morales, University of Houston

Disinformation in Africa often takes the form of extreme speech inciting violence and spreading racist, misogynous, xenophobic messages.

This Nov. 14, 2018 photo shows six women who have filed a lawsuit against Dartmouth College in New Hampshire for allegedly allowing three professors to create a culture in their department that encouraged drunken parties and subjected female graduate students to harassment, groping and sexual assault. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

We need to learn from the men who rape

Lucia O'Sullivan, University of New Brunswick

It's time to stop surveying women about their experiences as rape victims, time to research the men who perpetrate these crimes and work to inebriate and isolate women.

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Using religion and culture to fight terrorism: lessons from the Philippine military

Bayu Mitra A. Kusuma, Universitas Islam Negeri Sunan Kalijaga

Indonesia can also apply strategies implemented by the Philippine government to counteract terrorism and radicalism.

Children with albinism find it hard to navigate school. Teachers can help.

Charlotte Baker, Lancaster University

The needs of children with albinism aren't met in the classroom and this often leads to them dropping out of school.