Transparency International is alarmed at the spread of a fake press release attributed to our organisation with respect to election-related processes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The fake statement included allegations of corruption that Transparency International supposedly uncovered.
We wish to clarify that neither Transparency International nor our national chapter in DRC have made or verified allegations of bribery related to the electoral process.
The fake statement has been reported as false to Facebook, where it originated. We have also alerted users on Twitter who were circulating it.
This is not the first time Transparency International has been directly affected by disinformation in DRC. Earlier this year, a YouTube channel impersonated our organisation and posted defamatory videos about anti-corruption organisations working in the country. We ask the public to remain vigilant in detecting false information and refer to Transparency International’s website and social media channels to find our assessments.