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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
On a New Continent, Accusations of 'Fake News'
Zimbabweans participate in a Sunday church service in Harare, Zimbabwe, Sunday July 29, 2018. Zimbabwe votes Monday in an election that could, if deemed credible, tilt the country toward recovery after years of economic collapse and repression under former leader Robert Mugabe.   (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

(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."

(Read more Zimbabwe stories.)

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