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Zimbabwe Journalist Hopewell Chin’ono Anti-Corruption Song DemLoot Sets Social Media on Fire

Journalist Hopewell Chin’ono- Photo Facebook/Hopewell Chin’ono Journalist

Journalist Hopewell Chin’ono has been making headlines in Zimbabwe for his multiple arrests, triggered last year by his social media posts highlighting government corruption.

Now, just recently released on bail for yet another alleged violation, Chin’ono is making fresh headlines, this time for rapping.

A tweet of Chin’ono rapping a reggae beat on the level of looting by Zimbabwean government officials and members of the ruling Zanu-PF party, has set yet another local Twitter record for the award-winning journalist.

His original tweet of the song on January 31 has generated thousands of visits, 1,200 comments, almost 3,000 retweets and other reactions.

In an exclusive interview with VOA Zimbabwe Service’s Livetalk, Chin’ono explained the meaning of the lyrics of his rap song, #DemLoot.

“It was never put out as a piece of journalism. This was just Hopewell the citizen. I was in my study (room) exactly where I’m sitting (during the interview) and I was reading, got bored and I started reflecting, as I have been doing when I was in prison, about conversations I was having with so many youths last year when I was accusing them of not participating in political, economic and social issues that affect their day to day lives. And then I decided to say, oh you know, a lot our youths in Zimbabwe listen to reggae music, let me try and just do something talking about the issues that I encouraged them to engage with on a day to day basis and see how they will react. So, that’s what I did and when I put it out there it went viral. It was never a form of journalism. It was just me as a citizen interacting with the youth and using a language and art form that they are more comfortable with.”

Asked if this was not crossing the line of journalism that may get him in trouble again with the government, Chin’ono defended his actions, saying he is only speaking the truth.

Chin’ono, who is out on bail for three separate charges, the major one being that he instigated citizens to participate in a demonstration on July 31, 2020, said he felt compelled as a journalist to investigate corruption in Zimbabwe as many African nations are facing similar problems.

“It shows that what I was saying affects many people. Vusa Mkhaya’s version is actually the most favorite out of all the versions that have been done and I have convinced him that he needs to do a long song and is going to do it. There is actually one of the most famous guitarists in Africa called Helen Ebe. She is Nigerian. She is actually working on her version because these issues are not specifically Zimbabwean. They affect all of us on the continent. There is corruption across the continent. It is the levels that I guess differ and attenuate. It’s worse in Zimbabwe.

“There are only 22 countries that are worse than Zimbabwe. That’s how bad our corruption has become. So, it is important for people like yourself and myself who have media voices and we can reach huge numbers of people to engage and also remind the policy makers that their role in society is to create a conducive environment for the citizens to thrive and not to take that which is meant to build hospitals, roads, schools or create employment for our people.”

Some artistes, who have also released their own DemLoot versions are in China, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Botswana, Britain, Australia and other nations.

VOA

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Beware of Fake News and Fake Messages on Social Media

Always follow websites or social media platforms of traditional media outlets whether newspapers, magazines,Television News Channels or Radio Stations and authentic online only media outlets.They still maintain journalism excellence and stress on reportorial talent.On the other hand, fake news websites run by people with non journalism background and promote their own ideology with fake news and disinformations and obviously conspiracy theories.

But unfortunately mainstream media also manipulates news to establish their story angle.There were various instances when News papers and TV Channels promoted fake news/conspiracy theories in the form of out of context or manipulated pictures/videos and distorted informations.

Always check the URL of any website.Some fake news websites look like the orginal and popular one the same layout,Logo but if you check the URL you may find extra words like if the orginal website's URL is www.xxx.com the duplicate one might be www.xxx.com.co or something like that so first check the URL for authentic informations.

Check whether photos are original or photoshopped.Check Google images for authenticity.You can find help from Google Reverse Images search.

Check the news sources from other websites whether they picked up the story or not.

Whether the website layout is little bit clumsy and obviously grammatical mistakes and spelling mistakes and excessive use of Sex related and sensational and hate stories.Because sex and hate sells.

Follow official websites relating to COVID-19

WHO Clarifies the disinformation about the virus:
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Cold Weather and Snow can not kill the new coronavirus
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COVID-19 Can not be transmitted through mosquito bites

Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Spraying such substances can be harmful to clothes or mucous membranes (i.e. eyes, mouth)

According to World Health Organization (WHO): Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth . If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early.

Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover.

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When you follow COVID-19 related news and messages from social media then check and recheck it before consuming it.Follow journalism mantra: if your mother says she loves you, check it out.

Most of the messages or informations quote different organizations like WHO, UNICEF, UNDP,Cambridge University  or other well known institutes,organizations or individual to authenticate the messeges.Check official websites of these organizations  if stories are repeated there

Forwarding messages from unknown sources or little known sources, it would be better to ignore it.

Check whether any logo like UNICEF or WHO or other organizations used in the messages which look similar to original logo.

These type of messages are full of Grammatical mistakes and spelling mistakes which are quite uncommon in original messages.

Some fake messages pretend to be real one like unofficial Twitter handle of international media organizations like BBC,CNN,Washinton Post, New York Times-check the official Twitter handles of media outlets.

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The Same Method Applies to You Tube Videos Check the Source the credibility of the Source.To Check Fake You Tube Videos Check and Recheck the sources. Does the person have the legal right to the video posted? Did that person capture the video? Whether it has been altered?

But due to advancement of technology we can not really wipe out fake news.According to experts advent of  Artificial Intelligence(AI) some companies small or big one developing  technologies that can  lay digitally created script to anybody's voice  even words,sentences never said by the person.Even they a.re developing a technology which can create fake video footage,images,audios like originals.So be cautious! Rumour-mongers are active everywhere whether in physical world or cyber world.

Without evidence or with fake evidence, a conspiracy theory will always remain a conspiracy theory.

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