Throughout history, from the Spanish flu to COVID-19, states have shown a tendency to cover up outbreaks of deadly diseases. Some countries’ measures to flatten the curve seem to include opaque communication, inaccessible data, and state-driven narratives. A few have even resorted to gagging free speech and arresting those who challenge state’s narratives, heaping more anxiety and fear during a time of widespread panic. In this era of disinformation, the lack of transparency during public health emergencies carry life-and-death consequences. Join us on this critical conversation on the nexus that binds disinformation, public health, and human rights.
Innovation for Change – East Asia will host #COVIDConversations 3 on ‘Cover-Ups and Gags: Can’t We Handle the Truth?’ on Zoom next Wednesday, 13 May 2020, at 3:00 in the afternoon (UTC +8). The meeting ID and password will be provided after you REGISTER HERE: https://bit.ly/35yuH6E