Podcast: Fake news and false confessions in Sudan protests | BBC Trending

Podcast: Fake news and false confessions in Sudan protests | BBC Trending

Podcast: Fake news and false confessions in Sudan protests | BBC Trending


An investigation into claims that innocent men were framed on social media to try discredit peaceful protests that helped topple Sudan’s former president Omar al-Bashir.

After mass street protests, the military stepped in to end President Bashir’s 30-year rule earlier this month. But the BBC has uncovered evidence that the regime organised a fake news campaign to try to portray peaceful protesters as violent rebels.

Students were allegedly tortured to make false confessions that were filmed and distributed online. However, social media played a critical role in exposing the attempted deception.

Presenter: Anisa Subedar
Reporter: Owen Pinnell

Photo Caption: Demonstrators gather during a rally outside the army complex in the capital Khartoum.
Photo Credit: Getty Images.

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