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Breaking Bongo

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Deep fake videos have the potential to make it impossible to sort fact from fiction. And some have argued that this blackhole of doubt will eventually send truth itself into a death spiral. But a series of recent events in the small African nation of Gabon suggest it's already happening. 


Today, we follow a ragtag group of freedom fighters as they troll Gabon’s president - Ali Bongo - from afar. Using tweets, videos and the uncertainty they can carry, these insurgents test the limits of using truth to create political change and, confusingly, force us to ask: Can fake news be used for good?


This episode was reported and produced by Simon Adler.










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Michael Williams

I heard this for the first time a couple of days ago & thought I'd look into it and see what was happening to Landry. Just got this from YouTube : Published on 8 Jan 2020 Cyber-militant Landry Amiang Washington has regained his freedom. Arrested a few days before the 2016 presidential election, he waited two years for his trial before being sentenced for inciting revolt and insulting the head of state Ali Bongo Odimba. "I was released last night, pending a hearing before the Court of Appeal on Monday

Jan 8th
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Sandra Meyer

Zimbabwe same story.

Dec 30th
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Danger Durian

There has never been truth, only the expeditious, it just happens that for so long, the expeditious was print. And that weighs much heavier on the balance for much longer than word of mouth. Sitting on the fulcrum and waiting for something to be done will make no history, especially when the enemy asks to meet in the middle.

Dec 11th
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