Cambodia: Combatting Covid-19 Misinformation

Radio call-in show unpicks fake news and conspiracy theories around the virus.

Oeun, a resident of Kampot province in southern Cambodia, recalled how rapidly wild stories around Covid-19 had spread in the early days of the pandemic.

“A lot of rumours went around here. For example, it was said eating chicken or putting a puppet in front of the house helped prevent or cure Covid-19,” he told the True or Not live talk show on the Voice of Democracy (VOD) radio station.

VOD is the local media outlet of the Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) NGO. Last summer, CCIM was among the 16 successful applicants – out of nearly 200 – to an IWPR project supported by the US Department of State to help Cambodians access reliable information around Covid-19.

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