The weaponisation of information disorder

A protest against the Social Media Bill in front of Nigeria’s National Assembly, in Abuja, 27 November 2019, KOLA SULAIMON/AFP via Getty Images

IFEX’s Regional Editor for Sub-Saharan Africa Reyhana Masters shares reflections from civil society on regional attempts to curb freedom of expression by using the rising stream of polluted information as an excuse to shut down critical voices.

The speed at which tainted information spreads across countries and continents seems impossible to control. The particularly pervasive and incendiary…