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How fake news is used to silence journalists

How fake news is used to silence journalists
 
Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro attends a joint news conference with Brazil's President Michel Temer (not pictured) at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil November 7, 2018. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

It's become one of the most effective methods of silencing journalists. Accusations of spreading fake news, have led to media professionals being physically attacked, or thrown into prison.

In Brazil, president-elect Jair Bolsonaro has used the label to threaten prominent news outlet Folha with spending cuts. Whilst in Cameroon, investigative journalist Mimi Mefo is in a military prison after being accused of spreading lies about the Anglophone crisis. How did critical news become fake news? RFI's Christina Okello explores in this week's International Media.

Editors note: Mimi Mefo has since been released from the New Bell military prison where she was being held, since this magazine was broadcast


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