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Coronavirus: Chinese Ambassador Has No Lessons to Give to French Press

Chinese ambassador to France Lu Shaye Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) secretary general Christophe Deloire responds to harsh criticism by Chinese ambassador to France Lu Shaye against the French press and its coverage of the coronavirus.

In a series of recent media interventions, the Chinese ambassador to France Lu Shaye virulently attacks “a certain French press” which he accuses of sullying the image of his country by uttering “lies” on its role in the current coronavirus pandemic. These media, which the diplomat never names, but which seem to represent for him the French press as a whole, would have “made  fun of China  “ in defiance ”  of all ethics and the most basic good faith  “, in a state of ‘spirit which according to him ‘  borders on paranoia . “

“This“ journalism lesson ”to the French press is inept on the part of a representative of the People’s Republic of China, a 177th out of 180 country in the RSF World Press Freedom Index and which is the largest prison to the world for journalists, indignant Christophe Deloire, secretary general of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), who recalls that “the censorship imposed by Beijing on the Chinese media had a very negative impact by delaying the management of the epidemic of coronavirus in its infancy.  “

On March 15, on the Mandarin TV cable channel , the ambassador complained about the malevolence of the media, using, according to him, methods of “propaganda” to inflict on public opinion “a real brainwashing. “ The 14 and 29 February, in two press releases published on the embassy website, the diplomat also denounced the remarks ”  irresponsible  “ and ”  nonsense  “ uttered by him by the French media about China.

In his previous post in Canada, Lu Shaye had already shown his contempt for press freedom, not hesitating to publicly accuse Ottawa of “prostrating before journalists concerned with human rights.” “

The ambassador’s attitude is part of a concerted policy at the highest level of the Chinese regime to control information outside its borders, as RSF showed last year in an investigation report entitled “The new world media order according to China. “

Copyright ©2016, Reporters Without Borders. Used with the permission of Reporters Without Borders(RSF), CS 90247 75083 Paris Cedex 02 https://rsf.org

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Beware of Fake News and Fake Messages on Social Media

Always follow websites of traditional media outlets whether newspapers, magazines,Television News Channels or Radio Stations and authentic online only media outlets.They still maintain journalism excellence and stress on reportorial talent.On the other hand, fake news websites run by people with non journalism background and promote their own ideology with fake news and disinformations and obviously conspiracy theories.

But unfortunately mainstream media also manipulates news to establish their story angle.There were various instances when News papers and TV Channels promoted fake news/conspiracy theories in the form of out of context or manipulated pictures/videos and distorted informations.

Always check the URL of any website.Some fake news websites look like the orginal and popular one the same layout,Logo but if you check the URL you may find extra words like if the orginal website's URL is www.xxx.com the duplicate one might be www.xxx.com.co or something like that so first check the URL for authentic informations.

Check whether photos are original or photoshopped.Check Google images for authenticity.You can find help from Google Reverse Images search.

Check the news sources from other websites whether they picked up the story or not.

Whether the website layout is little bit clumsy and obviously grammatical mistakes and spelling mistakes.

Follow official websites relating to COVID-19

WHO Clarifies the disinformation about the virus: 
COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates
Cold Weather and Snow can not kill the new coronavirus
Taking a Hot Bath Does Not Prevent COVID-19
COVID-19 Can not be transmitted through mosquito bites

Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Spraying such substances can be harmful to clothes or mucous membranes (i.e. eyes, mouth)

According to World Health Organization (WHO): Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth . If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover.

If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition

Follow WHO guidelines www.who.int

When you follow COVID-19 related news and messages from social media then check and recheck it before consuming it.Follow journalism mantra: if your mother says she loves you, check it out.

Most of the messages or informations quote different organizations like WHO, UNICEF, UNDP,Cambridge University  or other well known institutes ,organizations or individual.Check official websites of these organizations  if stories are repeated there

Forwarding messages from unknown sources or little known sources  then it would be better to ignore it.

Check whether any logo like UNICEF or WHO or other organizations used in the messages which look similar to original logo.

These type of messages are full of Grammatical mistakes and spelling mistakes which are quite uncommon in original messages.

Don't rely on social media messages that the lockdown will last for more than 3 months. Check any related information only on Government Web Portals and social media platforms of various Government Agencies.

Some fake messages pretend to be real one like unofficial Twitter handle of international media organizations like BBC,CNN,Washinton Post, New York Times-check the official Twitter handles of media outlets.

You can identify fake messages if the message requests you to share it.

Beware of Fake News or Fake Photos/Videos Relating to Communal Hatred 

Always check the fact checking sites if you have some doubts about the authenticity of any information or picture.












The Same Method Applies to You Tube Videos Check the Source the credibility of the Source.To Check Fake You Tube Videos Check and Recheck the sources. Does the person have the legal right to the video posted? Did that person capture the video? Whether it has been altered?

But due to advancement of technology we can not really wipe out fake news.According to experts advent of  Artificial Intelligence(AI) some companies small or big one developing  technologies that can  lay digitally created script to anybody's voice  even words,sentences never said by the person.Even they are developing a technology which can create fake video footage,images,audios like originals.So be cautious! Rumour-mongers are active everywhere whether in physical world or cyber world.

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