#defyhatenow Empowering Fact-checking in South Sudan (EFiSS) Trainers – Cohort 1

Empowering Fact-checking in South Sudan (EFiSS) Trainers

#defyhatenow South Sudan is pleased to announce the trainers of the Empowering Fact-checking in South Sudan (EFiSS), a program being delivered in partnership with and supported by Code for Africa for interested content creators from across South Sudan.

They will train participants on the following:

Fact-checking basics: Understanding fact-checking methodology & taxonomy, and fact-checking techniques using a range of specialized tools.

Audience Engagement: Understanding how to create unique topics/themes for specific audiences, and how to build audience engagement and feedback systems.

Production systems: Understanding how to design editorial/research workflow processes, tooling and staffing strategies, for streamlined integration into an organization’s wider production processes.

Policy frameworks: Understanding how to apply international ethical and professional guidelines for quality assurance and industry accreditation, with special emphasis on applying the International Fact-Checking Network’s (IFCN) Code of Principles.

Robert Arik

Ethical Hacker and Team Leader, SafetyComm 

Juba, South Sudan

Robert Arik is an Ethical Hacker / Pentester who is an organized and dependable, resourceful, and very flexible person with over two (02) years of experience in digital security. He is a computer science graduate from St. Paul’s University, Kenya, Ethical Hacking and Information Security from Riara University.

Security+, CCNA, Network Security Specialist, Practical Ethical Hacking by TCM SECURITY, and Android Basics from Google are some certifications he is holding.

He leads the SafetyComm project at #defyhatenow South Sudan, an Online Community/Platform that provides tools, methodologies and resources on the online safety of social media users in South Sudan.

Joseph Ngor Deng Matem

Broadcast Journalist

Aweil, Northern Bahr-el-Ghazal State

Joseph Ngor Deng Matem is a broadcast journalist with eight years of media management and broadcast journalism experience. He has worked as a Broadcast Journalist for The Radio Community-managed radio stations in South Sudan with Internews. In 2015, he covered the South Sudan peace talks in Addis Ababa.

In 2015, Joseph attended media development and management training in the United Kingdom – London. He is also an Alumnus of the 2021 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Initiative, where he was affiliated with Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York, where he virtually completed a six-week Leadership in Public Management training program.

Joseph Ngor Deng Matem is also a Freelance Journalist who writes news stories for both online and print publications/media, most notably Number One Citizen Daily English Newspaper and Talk of Juba Media.

David Uku

Journalist and Cultural Actor

Juba, South Sudan

David Uku is a highly motivated and focused individual with extensive experience coordinating and assisting multinational teams, including journalists, and has since applied as a specialist in Cultural and investigation reporting.

He once worked as a reporter, columnist, and editor of the Cultural Page at the Renaissance Magazine Caulomic, an offline magazine, as well as other publications such as the Sout El Saab Daily Arabic Newspaper, El-Wehda Arabic Newspaper, and Almaugif Arabic Newspaper. By training, he is a journalist, and by practice, he is a Cultural Actor.

Emmanuel Bida Thomas

211 Check Project Coordinator

#defyhatenow South Sudan

Emmanuel Bida Thomas leads and manages 211 Check, a fact-checking and information verification platform (flagship project of) #defyhatenow South Sudan.

He also manages his personal Bida News Blog, a site about current affairs, fact-checks and media accuracy. He previously served as a news reporter and digital editor for Equator Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) and helped launch a Social Media presence (Facebook and Twitter) for the station in 2020. He formerly was managing editor at South Sudan Exposed a subsidiary of Remia Technologies.

He trains on fact-checking and information verification, teaches internet research, social media management and marketing, and google productivity tools in Juba, South Sudan.

His recent projects include ‘Data Speaks Fellowship’ and ‘Empowering Fact-checking in South Sudan.’ Bida’s current work focuses on the role of content creators and citizens in the changing media landscape and the promotion of veracity and accuracy of the information in the public domain. Bida tweets at @Bidal_Thomas.


Participants will have the privilege to meet and engage the training facilitators (trainers) at the end of each session. This will be a Q&A session and further engagement.

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