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  • Coronavirus Total Cases: 1,125,755 Total Deaths 61,777, Recovered: 229,601, Most Effected Countries: Deaths in Italy:15,372 Spain:11,744, United States: 7,826 Iran:3,452, Netherlands:1,487, Mainland China:3,322, France: 6,520 Germany: 1,275 UK:4,313 Netherlands 1,341, Belgium:1,143

Tag: Free Press

April 4, 2020

Philippines: Two Journalists Face T...

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Philippine prosecution to drop all charges against journalists on the grounds of an article of law which, under the guise of fighting “false information” linked to Covid-19, constitutes serious violation of press freedom

April 3, 2020

The Brain Behind the Murder of Dani...

This decision was made in Karachi by the High Court of Sindh Province, which was considering the appeal brought by the criminal originally convicted in 2002. Three other individuals implicated in this murder, Salman Saquib, Fahad Nasim and Sheikh Adil , sentenced to life in first instance, are simply released

April 2, 2020

Orban’s Orban Law Establishes...

a new smear campaign against the independent media that he accuses of spreading disinformation about the pandemic, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has passed a law called “coronavirus”, which allows him to legislate by ordinances as part of an indefinite state of emergency. In particular, it provides for penalties of up to five years in prison for disseminating false information

Amnesty International Calls on Bang...

Shafiqul Islam Kajol was seen on a closed-circuit camera shortly before 7 p.m. on March 10 as he rode a motorbike from his office at the Daily Pokkhokal newspaper. One day earlier, ruling Awami League lawmaker Saifuzzaman Shikhor had filed a case under the act against Kajol and 31 others

March 31, 2020

Coronavirus: Russia Uses its Repres...

At the same time, press access to information was gradually restricted. Since March 17, journalists could no longer attend an event in the presence of Vladimir Putin without having taken their temperature at least three times . On March 19, foreign journalists were denied entry to the Russian parliament , and the courts began to prevent the press from accessing public hearings. While the Moscow court promised journalists written reports and video broadcasts “where possible”, the measure raises concerns about its arbitrary and not very transparent nature

March 26, 2020

“If the Chinese Press Were Fr...

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”

March 21, 2020

Coronavirus: Chinese Ambassador Has...

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 .”

March 15, 2020

Uzbekistan’s Citizen Journalists ...

The idea that an unaffiliated citizen reporter in Uzbekistan might dare to confront a policeman would have been near inconceivable a few years ago. Today, many people armed with little more than a phone camera and a Facebook or YouTube account have accumulated huge followings in their mission to hold their government to account

March 9, 2020

Zimbabwe: Five Years on Whereabouts...

Itai Dzamara was abducted on 9 March 2015 by five men while he was at a barbers’ shop in Harare’s Glen View suburb. His abductors are said to have accused him of stealing cattle before handcuffing him, forcing him into a white truck with concealed number plates and driving off. He has not been seen since then, and there are fears for his safety.

March 6, 2020

RSF Calls on Japan to Stop Pressuri...

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Japanese authorities to allow the media to freely investigate all matters related to the Fukushima plant. In particular, journalists, including foreign correspondents and freelancers, should be able to go to the central site and access all the data available


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.

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.

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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