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‘Infodemic’ - Social Media Misinformation and Covid-19 in Papua New Guinea
Covid-19 remains a significant challenge for Papua New Guinea. While case numbers appear to have stabilised after a big surge earlier this year, the virus continues to spread and put further strain on already-stretched healthcare resources. Much needed vaccines have arrived and a national rollout strategy has begun. But vaccine hesitancy is a huge concern – with frontline health workers among those reluctant to accept the vaccine. A major factor appears to be online misinformation – with conspiracy theories and fake news proliferating, and adding to the burden for those trying to reduce the pandemic’s impact.

Join us for this online panel event to discuss the challenges of Covid-19 and social media misinformation in Papua New Guinea. Researchers at the ABC Media Development Initiative will outline their latest data tracking the spread of online misinformation, and you’ll hear from our panellists to discuss the impact it has on health outcomes, and the broader community.

Panellists:

• Joys Eggins, Media Development Initiative (PNG)
• Dr Prashanth Pillay, ABC International Development
• Belinda Kora, Media Council of PNG
• Dr Gary Nou, PNG National Control Centre, Covid-19

Host: Shane McLeod, Project Director - Aus-PNG Network

May 19, 2021 01:00 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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