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Discuss the efforts required at both global level and national level combat the virus of disinformation during the pandemic.

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5. Discuss the efforts required at both global level and national level combat the virus of disinformation during the pandemic. (250 words)

Reference: The Hindu 

Why the question:

At the fifth BRICS Media Forum, representatives of media organisations from BRICS have called for the member nations to work jointly to combat the virus of disinformation during the pandemic.

Key Demand of the question:

Discuss the efforts required at both global level and national level combat the virus of disinformation during the pandemic.

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Discuss first what the issues are about disinformation.

Body:

The COVID-19 outbreak is a global public health crisis, but unfortunately its impact goes much beyond the health dimension. From the very beginning, UN Secretary General, M. Antonio Guterres, has denounces the “massive infodemic” of disinformation and misinformation swirling amidst the COVID-19 pandemic as a driver of the crisis itself.

The COVID-19 outbreak has exposed fragilities in societies and economies across the globe. The dis-infodemic is deepening those fissures in societies and economy worldwide.

In recent years, mass media and social networks have played an important role in disseminating information regarding public health. During the COVID-19 epidemic, misinformation and fake news have represented an important issue generating confusion and insecurity among the population.

Explain the reasons; suggest efforts taken at both global level and national level combat the virus of disinformation during the pandemic.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way ahead.