The Coronavirus has exposed the widening gap between trusted news sources and the pandemic of disinformation. Sally Lehrman, Founder and CEO of The Trust Project, has brought together technology platforms and news organisations to bridge this gulf though embedding trust indicators.
During the outbreak of COVID-19, Malaysia has seen an increase in hate speech targeting Rohingya refugees as well as undocumented migrants. Fake news has been spread online to scapegoat the most vulnerable communities and to try turning the population against them.
Fernand de Varennes, UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues, describes the disproportionate negative impact on minority groups under the Coronavirus and the wider implications of so many also being stateless.
The pandemic of misinformation has been rife during the Coronavirus. Guy Berger, Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development at UNESCO, describes the fight to combat this infodemic and how to maintain freedom of expression in a post Covid world.
Yesterday, 13 July, the Committee to Protect Journalists announced it will honour four courageous journalists with the 2020 International Press Freedom Awards, among them Svetlana Prokopyeva from Russia. The announcement came just a day after a Russian court found her guilty of “justifying terrorism” in a controversial case … Read more →
Anoosheh Ashoori, a dual British-Iranian national and retired engineer, has been in prison in Iran since 2017. After visiting his mother in Tehran, he was arrested by Ministry of Intelligence agents on 13 August and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for “cooperating with a hostile state against the Islamic Republic” and two years for … Read more →
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has announced he will press ahead with his government’s controversial plans aimed at regulating social media companies. On some level, the plans are in line with wider discussions across Europe and the United States about how best to regulate the increasingly powerful social media companies. The draft legislation, currently being prepared by … Read more →
The coronavirus crisis has substantially increased news consumption for mainstream media yet trust in the media and news remains low, especially in the UK. Trust in news and media matters, particularly during a time of crisis. As trust decreases people turn to alternative sources that exploit the weaknesses of traditional media outlets, often peddling conspiracy… … Read more →