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Why would Indian police issue and then withdraw a manual on misinformation? Political divides could be the answer | Poynter

The COVID-19 infodemic has brought chaos and violence to India.  In late March, viral rumors about an indefinite lockdown exacerbated a mass exodus of migrant laborers. In early April, a false claim that Muslims were being injected with COVID-19 led to an attack on five medical workers.

On April 2, India’s Ministry of Home Affairs called on Indian states to fight coronavirus misinformation and prevent panic. On May 8, the ministry’s research arm released a 40-page manual intended to help Indian police in that infodemic fight.

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Source: Why would Indian police issue and then withdraw a manual on misinformation? Political divides could be the answer | Poynter

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