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ALTERED: This video of CNN journalist Larry Madowo being threatened in a live broadcast is doctored

The original video is of Larry Madowo’s interview with Uganda’s Foreign Minister General Jeje Odongo.

Syndicated story by PesaCheck.

video posted on Twitter claiming to show an interviewee threatening Larry Madowo, a CNN International correspondent, live on air, is ALTERED.

Madowo supposedly interviews Uganda’s Internal Affairs minister regarding the country’s human rights violations in the video.

However, the interviewee is quick to tell Madowo that he lacks decorum in his questions.

“I would like to remind you where you come from, and you are just from here — Kenya, okay, and where you come from, you know you do not ask such questions to the government,” says the interviewee.

The interviewee then “gives” Madowo another chance to ask questions, but this time, with decorum. He then goes on to vaguely respond to a question from Madowo.

Although the video has a lot of satirical scenes, it was not passed off as a satirical post and it appeared to be circulated as a legitimate video.

However, a Google search using keywords Larry Madowo and The Exchange, a CNN programme, revealed that the video has been altered.

The original video, published on the CNN website, is of an interview by Madowo and Uganda’s Foreign Affairs minister, Jeje Odongo.

In the interview, Madowo challenged Odongo on accusations made about human rights violations by the government.

Additionally, Madowo tweeted the video on 25 August 2021, when the CNN programme was aired.

PesaCheck has looked into a video posted on Twitter showing an interview by Kenyan journalist and CNN International correspondent, Larry Madowo, and finds it to have been ALTERED.

This post is part of an ongoing series of PesaCheck fact-checks examining content marked as potential misinformation on Facebook and other social media platforms.

By partnering with Facebook and similar social media platforms, third-party fact-checking organisations like PesaCheck are helping to sort fact from fiction. We do this by giving the public deeper insight and context to posts they see in their social media feeds.

Have you spotted what you think is fake or false information on Facebook? Here’s how you can report. And, here’s more information on PesaCheck’s methodology for fact-checking questionable content.

This fact-check was written by PesaCheck fact-checker Pius Enywaru and edited by PesaCheck chief copy editor Rose Lukalo. The article was approved for publication by managing editor Enock Nyariki.

PesaCheck is East Africa’s first public finance fact-checking initiative. It was co-founded by Catherine Gicheru and Justin Arenstein, and is being incubated by the continent’s largest civic technology and data journalism accelerator: Code for Africa. It seeks to help the public separate fact from fiction in public pronouncements about the numbers that shape our world, with a special emphasis on pronouncements about public finances that shape government’s delivery of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) public services, such as healthcare, rural development and access to water / sanitation. PesaCheck also tests the accuracy of media reportage. To find out more about the project, visit

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Kamadi Amata
I am a digital content creator with niche in Health, politics, and Human Interest Features.

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