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On a New Continent, Accusations of 'Fake News'

Challenger Nelson Chamisa has familiar words ahead of Zimbabwe election; Mugabe re-emerges
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 29, 2018 9:04 AM CDT

(Newser) – "Fake news" is at it again, this time on a different continent, reports the AP. Zimbabwe's main opposition leader says the ruling party has conducted a "fake news" campaign against him with the help of foreign technicians ahead of Monday's elections. Nelson Chamisa, head of the Movement for Democratic Change party, says that "there is a lot of false news making the rounds" and that supporters of President Emmerson Mnangagwa hired "foreigners" to disparage his candidacy.

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"These foreigners are actually fake news mercenaries," Chamisa says. "Their duty is to concoct, manufacture, engineer, and produce fictitious and fallacious videos, news stories and then send them out to you, send them out to the world, to confuse the voters." Chamisa says he will reveal the names of foreign computer experts who worked for the ruling ZANU-PF party at an "appropriate time."

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