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“If the Chinese Press Were Free, the Coronavirus Might Not Have Become a Pandemic,” Denounces RSF

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) shows that without the authorities’ control and censorship, the Chinese media would have informed the public much earlier of the severity of the coronavirus epidemic, saving thousands of lives and possibly avoiding the pandemic.

In an analysis published on March 13, researchers from the University of Southampton suggest that the number of coronavirus cases in China could have been reduced by 86% if the measures to combat the epidemic, taken in China from 20 January, had been anticipated by two weeks. In view of the chronology of the first days of the crisis, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) shows that, without the control and censorship imposed by the authorities, the Chinese media would have informed the public much earlier of the seriousness of the epidemic, saving thousands of lives and possibly avoiding the pandemic.

October 18: Chinese press reportedly relayed the freezing results of a pandemic simulation

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, in partnership with the World Economic Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, conducted a simulated coronavirus pandemic on October 18, 2019 and alerted the international community to its freezing result: 65 million deaths in 18 months. 

If the Chinese internet were not isolated by an elaborate system of electronic censorship and if the media were not forced to follow the instructions of the Communist Party, the public and the authorities would no doubt have been interested in this information from the States United and which echoes the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) epidemic, which had caused more than 800 deaths and affected 8000 people mainly in China in 2003.

December 20: Wuhan City Authorities Reported to Journalists

On December 20 , one month after the first documented case, the city of Wuhan already had 60 patients with an unknown SARS-like pneumonia, several of whom frequented the Huanan fish market. Despite the situation, the authorities do not see fit to communicate this information to the media.

If the authorities had not hidden from the media the existence of an epidemic linked to a very popular market, the public would have stopped visiting the place before its official closure, on January 1. 

December 25: Doctor Lu Xiaohong could have expressed her fears to the press 

Doctor Lu Xiaohong, director of the department of gastroenterology of the hospital number 5 of the city of Wuhan, hears of cases of infection affecting the medical personnel from December 25 and suspects from the first week of January that the infection is that the infection is transmissible from human to human.

If journalists’ sources in China did not risk severe penalties ranging from professional reprimand to heavy prison terms, Dr. Lu Xiaohong would have taken responsibility for alerting the media, forcing authorities to act for three weeks sooner than they did.

December 30: the call of the whistleblowers doctors was reportedly picked up by the media

Wuhan Central Hospital emergency department director Ai Fen and a group of doctors launched the alert online on December 30. Eight of them, including Doctor Li Wenliang , who died after the illness, will be arrested by the police on January 3 for having circulated “false rumors” .

If, from that date, the press and social networks had been able to freely take up the information transmitted by whistleblowers, the public would have realized the danger and put pressure on the authorities to take measures limiting the virus spread. 

December 31: social networks would have relayed the official alert in China

China officially alerts the World Health Organization (WHO) on December 31, but at the same time forces the WeChat chat platform to censor a large number of keywords referring to the epidemic.

Without censorship, the social network WeChat, which has a billion active users in China, could have allowed journalists to broadcast reports and prophylaxis advice contribputing to better compliance with the rules recommended by the health authorities.

January 5: the scientific press would have released the coronavirus genome earlier 

Professor Zhang Yongzhen’s team at the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center manages to sequence the virus as early as January 5 , but authorities seem reluctant to publish the genome sequence. On January 11, the day China confirms its first death due to the virus, the researchers leak information on open source platforms, which will cause the laboratory to be closed in retaliation. 

If the Chinese authorities had played the transparency card, they would have immediately communicated the sequence of the coronavirus genome to the scientific press, allowing the international community to save precious time in its research for the development of a vaccine.  

January 13: the international community would have anticipated the risk of a pandemic

The first case of coronavirus infection outside of China is listed in Thailand on January 13 on a Chinese tourist from Wuhan. 

If, at that date, the international media had had full access to information held by the Chinese authorities on the scale of the epidemic, it is likely that the international community would have taken stock of the crisis and better anticipated the risk. a spread of the epidemic outside of China, possibly preventing its transformation into a pandemic.

China ranks 177th out of 180 in the  2019 RSF World Press Freedom Index .

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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.

www.boomlive.in

www.altnews.in

https://check4spam.com

https://smhoaxslayer.com

www.factchecker.in

www.allsides.com

www.factcheck.org

www.newsbusters.org

www.politifact.com

www.snopes.com

www.propublica.org

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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