OPERATED BY SLAJ

Misleading

FACT-CHECKED

by SLAJ |

No, the claim that military officers, the Information Minister, and President Bio confirmed the November 26 attack was not a coup is misleading. Both the President and the Minister have said that the attack was a coup, whereas some military officer did say it wasn’t, but that was before a thorough investigation was done.

SLAJ-iVerify has fact-checked the claim that military officers, the Information Minister, and President Bio confirmed the November 26 attack was not a coup and concluded it to be misleading. The government has consistently maintained that the incident was an “attempted failed coup.”

Claim

Sierra Leone military officers, the Information Minister, and President Bio confirmed the November 26 attack was not a coup.

Rating Justification

A viral video on social media claims that military officers, the Information Minister, and President Bio confirmed that the November 26 attack wasn’t a coup.

SLAJ-iVerify fact-checked the claim and found that it’s misleading.

To reach this conclusion, SLAJ-iVerify looked at the Ministry of Information’s Facebook post on November 30. The post on Facebook said it was a coup. During a press conference on the same day, the government also officially said it was a failed coup.

Colonel Issa Bangura said on a radio talk on November 28 that the November 26 incident wasn’t a coup. But, it’s important to know that he said this before a thorough investigation was done.

However, on November 30, the government announced that the attack was an attempted failed coup after a detailed investigation.

SLAJ-iVerify says that using Colonel Bangura’s radio talk without considering the government’s official statement is misleading.

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