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RSLAF Head of Media Refutes False Criticism of President Bio

By Mabinty M. Kamara

Claim: Lieutenant Colonel Issa Bangura criticizes President Julius Maada Bio in an interview on Radio Democracy’s Good Morning Salone Programme, stating why former President Koroma is more popular and successful than President Bio. This claim was spread via a widely circulated video on social media (WhatsApp).

Verdict: FALSE

Methodology: The SLAJ/NDI SuperNewsRoom fact-checkers used both electronic and physical methods to verify the video. They contacted PRO Lieutenant Colonel Issa Bangura and interviewer Musa S. Kamara for verification. Bangura refuted the statements attributed to him, stating that he never made such comments. He confirmed that while he has appeared on the show to discuss RSLAF and state security issues, the video in question is fake and manipulated. Bangura reported the matter to the Sierra Leone Police, emphasizing that such actions constitute a crime.

Musa S. Kamara corroborated Bangura’s statement, confirming that the video is manipulated. He noted that the original interview took place on November 27 last year, following a foiled coup in Sierra Leone. Digital video fact-checking tools, including Truepic, Invid, and TinEye, confirmed the video’s manipulation.

Original Interview: https://www.facebook.com/share/v/AaoZcZWyYbBG4wtc/?mibextid=oFDknk

Conclusion: The video has been manipulated and widely shared.

Note: A deepfake is a machine-generated image or video that alters faces, bodies, or voices, making people appear to do or say things they never did. Items can also be added to videos to distort the truth.

This fact-check is a product of the SLAJ/NDI SuperNewsRoom on combating disinformation in Sierra Leone’s 2023 electoral cycle. The project is supported by Global Affairs Canada.

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