About us

AFP launched its digital verification service in France in 2017 and has grown to become the leading global fact-checking organisation, with dedicated journalists in countries from the United States to Myanmar. Our journalists monitor online content in local languages, from Amharic to Hindi, Polish or Portuguese. They take into account local cultures, languages and politics and work with AFP’s bureaus worldwide to investigate and disprove false information, focusing on items that can be harmful, impactful and manipulative.

Our English-language team spans the globe, with regional editors in Hong Kong, Sydney, Washington DC, Paris and Johannesburg. 

Sophie Nicholson, Deputy Chief Editor, Paris

Sophie Nicholson helps to oversee the global team, working closely with tech companies, media organisations, researchers and fact checkers. Sophie previously worked as a foreign correspondent in Mexico City and has reported from more than 15 countries. She started her career in radio and television at the BBC in London.

Rachel Blundy, Head of Digital Investigation for Asia-Pacific, Hong Kong

Rachel Blundy leads the Asia-Pacific digital verification team from Hong Kong. She joined AFP in March 2019 as a digital verification editor. She has expertise in verifying user-generated content on social media after working for the social media intelligence agency Storyful. Originally from London, she worked in various reporting and digital production roles on newspapers in the UK before moving to Hong Kong in late 2015 to work as an online editor for the South China Morning Post.

Charlotte Mason, Deputy Head of Digital Investigation for Asia-Pacific, Hong Kong

Charlotte Mason helps lead the Asia-Pacific team from Hong Kong. She joined AFP in 2018 as a reporter and editor in Paris, before covering misinformation in Africa, Europe and North America. She has previously written for The Independent, The Local France and Le Parisien.

Sophia Xu, Digital Training Manager for Asia-Pacific, Hong Kong

Sophia Xu leads AFP's digital journalism training programme in Asia-Pacific. She joined AFP in 2020 as a digital verification editor. She has expertise in digital reporting and verifying user-generated content after working for social media intelligence agency Storyful. She has trained hundreds of journalists and students in digital journalism at media conferences and universities across Asia, and led workshops for the Google News Initiative. She has also written for First Draft News and the Global Investigative Journalism Network.

Yenni Kwok, Asia editor, Hong Kong

Yenni Kwok is an editor based in Hong Kong who oversees the Indonesian and Malaysian teams. She works closely with journalists in Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur to debunk misinformation circulating in the two countries. She previously worked as a journalist and editor at Storyful, Time Magazine, the New York Times, CNN, the South China Morning Post and Asiaweek.

Jake Soriano, Asia editor, Manila

Jake Soriano is an editor for the Asia-Pacific team based in the Philippines. He joined AFP’s Manila bureau as a digital verification reporter in 2019. He previously worked on fact-checking projects in the Philippines, including Tsek.ph, a collaborative initiative between several newsrooms and universities in the country.

Zoe Low, Asia editor, Hong Kong

Zoe Low is an editor for the Asia-Pacific team based in Hong Kong. Before joining AFP in 2022, she worked as a reporter at the South China Morning Post, covering the environment, the Covid-19 pandemic and the Hong Kong protests. 

Richard Pyne, Asia editor, Hong Kong

Richard Pyne is an editor for the Asia-Pacific team based in Hong Kong. Prior to joining AFP in 2022, he was a reporter, presenter and editor for Radio Television Hong Kong, covering stories on the environment and politics, including the Hong Kong protests of 2014 and 2019.

Jeff Li, Asia editor, Hong Kong

Jeff Li is an editor for the Asia-Pacific team based in Hong Kong. Before joining AFP in 2022, he worked as a journalist at the BBC, covering China's foreign affairs, the Hong Kong protests, and the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Arthur MacMillan, Head of North America, Washington DC

Arthur MacMillan works with fact checkers to identify and edit stories that counter misinformation, and writes on major news topics such as government-sponsored disinformation campaigns. He was previously based in New York, Paris, Tehran, Baghdad and Hong Kong, and has worked in numerous other countries including Pakistan, where he reported on the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in 2007.

Marisha Goldhamer, Senior Canada editor, Washington DC

Marisha Goldhamer is one of the original verification editors for AFP Fact Check. She oversees the Canada team, working closely with journalists in Montreal and Washington to edit, write and translate articles about misinformation in North America. Marisha joined AFP in 2003 as a Multimedia Desk editor in Washington. 

Daniel Funke, US editor, Washington DC

Daniel Funke is an editor with the US verification team. He joined AFP in May 2022 after working as a reporter and editor at USA Today, PolitiFact, the International Fact-Checking Network and the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Daniel has expertise in online misinformation, verification, politics and technology.

Rob Lever, US editor, Washington DC

Rob Lever joined the US fact-checking team in 2021 after working a variety of posts in AFP's Washington bureau. He joined AFP in 1992, and has worked as an economics reporter, Americas desk news editor, and most recently the technology-media reporter-editor. He worked at a number of US-based news organizations during his career and spent four years in Paris as a freelance journalist. 

Nina Lamparski, Head of Africa, Paris

Nina Lamparski leads the digitial verification teams in Africa. Prior to this, she was an editor on AFP's English-language desk in Paris, managing the daily output from bureaus across Europe and Africa. She joined AFP in 2015 to cover eastern and central Europe from Vienna, after several years as a London-based BBC broadcast journalist. With a background in newspapers and radio, she has also worked in Sydney, Phnom Penh and Brussels.

Gaëlle Faure, Deputy head of Africa, Paris

Gaëlle Faure is an editor with the Africa fact-checking team. She joined AFP in January 2020. Gaelle has previously worked in editing and reporting roles for both French and American media organisations, with a focus on investigation and verification. 

Brett Horner, Africa editor, Johannesburg

Based in AFP's Johannesburg bureau, Brett Horner joined the digital verification team in December 2019 and is AFP Fact Check's editor for southern Africa. His duties include writing, editing and helping to oversee our pan-African fact-checking operation. Prior to joining AFP, Brett was editor in chief of two regional newspapers and a news website in South Africa, where he has worked as a journalist for more than 20 years.

Manon Jacob, fact-check reporter, US

Manon Jacob covers disinformation for the North America digital verification team, with a focus on debunking myths about climate change. She joined AFP in 2018 as a fellow of the "Bourse AFP - Jeunes Professionnels" at the agency's headquarters in Paris. She previously worked as a financial reporter with Reuters and a web producer for Politico Europe.

Natalie Wade, fact-check reporter, US

Natalie Wade started at AFP as a member of the inaugural NABJ fact-check fellowship class, joining the North America digital verification team in March 2021. Upon completion of her fellowship, she joined AFP full-time and continues to debunk misinformation on a wide variety of topics. Natalie has a master's degree from DePaul University, and previously interned at ABC 7 Chicago and the Chicago Tribune.

Bill McCarthy, fact-check reporter, US

Bill McCarthy is a digital investigation journalist focused on US mis- and disinformation in North America. He joined AFP in August 2022 after working as a reporter for PolitiFact, where he covered US media and politics, online misinformation and led all fact-checking of political pundits. He graduated from Duke University, where he studied public policy and journalism.

Montira Rungjirajittranon, fact-check reporter, Thailand

Montira Rungjirajittranon (“Tak”) is a fact-check reporter in Thailand, based in AFP's Bangkok bureau. She graduated from City University London ’s Journalism school in 2017. She works with other journalists and fact-checkers based in the Asia Pacific region to debunk misinformation circulating around the region. Prior to AFP, she did work experience placements in social media and digital marketing in Thailand and Hong Kong.

Uzair Rizvi, fact-check reporter, India

Uzair Rizvi is a fact-check reporter based in AFP's Delhi bureau. He debunks misinformation circulating on social media and instant messaging applications in India. Prior to joining AFP in 2018, he worked as a multimedia journalist for The Hindustan Times in Delhi. He was previously a fellow for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, reporting on child slavery and human trafficking. 

Anuradha Prasad, fact-check reporter, India 

Based in AFP's Delhi bureau, Anuradha Prasad debunks misinformation circulating in India. She writes in both English and Hindi. She previously worked as a correspondent for Indian fact-check site Alt News. She has written extensively about misinformation and hate speech in India.

Devesh Mishra, fact-check reporter, India

Devesh Mishra debunks misinformation circulating on social media in India. Prior to joining AFP, he worked as a reporter for fact-check website BOOM Live in Delhi and a media trainer for the Google News Initiative programme FactShala.

Johnny Lieu, fact-check reporter, Sydney

Johnny Lieu is a fact-check reporter based in AFP's Sydney bureau, debunking false and misleading information about Australia. Prior to joining AFP in 2019, he worked as a journalist for US technology website Mashable and Australian television channel Network Ten.

Kate Tan, fact-check reporter, Sydney

Kate Tan is a fact-check reporter based in AFP's Sydney bureau. She debunks misinformation circulating in Australia and New Zealand. She joined AFP from Storyful and previously worked as a journalist covering tennis in Beijing.

Richard Kang, fact-check editor, South Korea

Richard Kang is a fact-check editor based in AFP’s Seoul bureau, debunking false and misleading information circulating in Korean. Prior to joining AFP, he worked as a journalist for BBC Monitoring and the Financial Times based in Hong Kong.

Faith Brown, fact-check reporter, Manila

Faith Brown is a fact-check reporter based in the Philippines. Prior to joining AFP, she reported and produced stories as a correspondent in Manila for Japanese broadcaster NHK.

Qadaruddin Shishir, fact-check editor, Dhaka

Qadaruddin Shishir is an editor in AFP's Dhaka bureau who coordinates AFP Fact Check's Bangla-language site. He joined AFP after working as an editor for BOOM Live in Bangladesh. He has previously held roles with BD FactCheck and with a leading Bangladeshi television channel. Shishir is also a digital verification trainer who has led workshops for journalists and students in Bangladesh.

Mazed Mohammad, fact-check reporter, Dhaka

Mazed Mohammad is a fact-check reporter based in AFP’s Dhaka bureau. Writing in English and Bangla, he debunks misinformation circulating online in Bangladesh. He previously worked as a reporter for fact-check site BOOM Live in Bangladesh and has led training sessions on online verification and media literacy.