The other pandemic

Like the virus itself, rumours and fake news know no borders and are polluting social media while, with limited transparency, online platforms are trying to promote reliable sources of information.

Between 20 January and 10 February, 2 million of the messages posted on Twitter, 7% of the total, were spreading conspiracy theories about the coronavirus. As many as 74% of Internet users say they are concerned about “fake news” on social mediawhile 64% turn to the news media for reliable information.

"We call for decisive transformation by Messrs. Pichai, Zuckerberg, Cook, Dorsey, Bezos and others for the sake of the right to reliable information"

May 3, 2020

By Shirin Ebadi, Christophe Deloire, Hauwa Ibrahim, Maria Ressa, Amartya Sen, Joseph Stiglitz, Mario Vargas Llosa and the other members of the International Commission on Information and Democracy

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Iran: Two journalists arrested over cartoon mocking traditional remedies for coronavirus

April 28, 2020

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the arrests of two journalists in Tehran for publishing a cartoon making fun of Iranian clerics who recommend traditional medicine for Covid-19 while the authorities continue to systematically censor reliable coverage of the coronavirus epidemic

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Beware of China’s coronavirus disinformation, RSF says

April 18, 2020

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges everyone to beware of the global disinformation campaign about the coronavirus that Beijing has been orchestrating ever since the start of the pandemic, which has so far killed 150,000 people and infected more than 2 million others worldwide.

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Brazil quarterly analysis. President Bolsonaro’s systematic attempts to reduce the media to silence

April 16, 2020

In the first of a new series of quarterly assessments of press freedom violations in Brazil in 2020, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) examines President Jair Bolsonaro’s strategy for smearing and undermining the journalists and media outlets that annoy him.

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As doubt persists on North Korea’s “zero” coronavirus cases, RSF urges for transparency

April 1, 2020

As North Korea still reports “zero” coronavirus cases despite evidence suggesting cases in the thousands, RSF exhorts the regime to allow international media to investigate on the topic.

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Platforms response to coronavirus shows that, when they want, they can

March 19, 2020

In response to the flood of rumours and misinformation about the coronavirus epidemic, leading online platforms have taken unprecedented measures to promote reliable information – measures contrary to their usual practices. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges them to promote trustworthy content whatever the subject concerned.

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