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The Daily Mail’s Coronavirus coverage contained serious distortions. The Government’s failure to criticise it is pathetic and dangerous – Hacked Off

A Daily Mail article (since edited), “What they DON’T tell you about COVID“, published 20 November 2020, claimed that official projections of Covid deaths and infection rates have been significantly overstated when compared to actual data – suggesting that lockdown measures were an unnecessary infringement on personal freedoms. Continue reading

The role of social media platforms and users in tackling Covid misinformation – Mathilde Groppo

Plandemic”. This was the name of a 26-minute video spreading misinformation about Covid-19 which went viral (pun intended) after it was posted online on Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo and a separate website set up to share the video in early May 2020. The New York Times reports that it had been viewed 8 million times within a week of its release. Continue reading

Coronavirus: people want media to ramp up factchecking and question dubious claims – Stephen Cushion, Maria Kyriakidou, Marina Morani, Nikki Soo

How well the media holds the UK government to account over its handling of the pandemic is a question that has been fiercely debated over recent weeks. Journalists have been attacked for asking difficult questions at press briefings, while broadcasters have been criticised for challenging government decisions. Continue reading

Covid-19 a contagion risk for right to information laws? – Karen Mc Cullagh

In recent months, governments around the world have sought to manage and mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic upon public health – it has a propensity to overwhelm health service provision – and to limit the impact of the pandemic on the economy in their countries.  As it is a novel virus, about which little is known, a uniform response strategy has not yet emerged. Continue reading

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