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How fake news have impacted the extradition bill protests & discussion with AFP Rachel Blundy & HKJA

2019-09-21

How fake news have impacted the extradition bill protests & discussion with AFP Rachel Blundy & HKJA

2019-09-21
Hello and welcome to a new series of The Pulse. The latest Amnesty International report on Hong Kong’s protests, that have been going on for more than a hundred days, lays out a disturbing catalogue of arbitrary arrests, brutal beatings and torture in police detention. Although the protests have been underway for more than three months the Chief Executive Carrie Lam and her administration appear to be reluctant to address the issues that have caused the turmoil or to resolve the dangerous chasm that has emerged concerning the way the police have handled the protests. There has been escalating violence from both sides, with live coverage on television and social media. And as the protests have intensified, so has the online propaganda mill. Rumour, disinformation, and questionable news have spread like wildfire on social media platforms, further polarising opinion. With us to talk more about the issue is Rachel Blundy, Fact-check editor of Agence France-Presse and Chris Yeung, Chairperson of the Hong Kong Journalists Association.

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