Of newspapers hiding what OTHER newspapers wrote

 

Serious question: is this good journalism practice?

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CAPTION: How to avoid coronavirus indoor

Thirteen months ago, when Italy’s lockdown had just started, I reported the disgusting practice of major italian media to “rightly denounce trolls who share dangerous fake news… while still keeping coronavirus information under paywalls”:

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Thank you, Corriere della Sera, for hiding COVID news behind a paywall

Thirteen months later, with fake news, conspiracy theories and general ignorance about how COVID-19 really works may be an even greater problem than in 2020, the practice continues:

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CAPTION: Accesso riservato agli abbonati = Only subscribers can know

But this time is even worst. The screenshot above shows how Repubblica, a major italian newspaper paywalls instructions on how to avoid COVID-19 contagion in closed spaces… that they did not even write. That article is just the translation of one by El Pais, that is FREELY readable by everyone. As it should, because this is vital, public service information.

Then again, why should I be surprised? After all, this is just one of the many levels at which COVID-19 reporting has gone wrong, and still is.

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