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During a worldwide crackdown on press freedom, the truth needs an ally

Covid-19 is wreaking havoc around the world. The daily number of infected and dead keeps climbing. As I look out my window, I am not sure that things will ever fully return to the way they were before the pandemic. But press freedom and the truth should not be among the casualties.

Late last week, Human Rights Watch warned in a report that while Beijing is attempting to censor and suppress news and facts about Covid-19, there is a real threat of the disease making a comeback in China.

File photo: United Social Press.

The censorship itself goes back to the start of the outbreak, when Beijing suppressed news reports from doctors in Wuhan about the new, and spreading, disease. Experts in the West have also been questioning the numbers of sick and dead from Covid-19 in China, believing that Beijing is drastically downplaying the total numbers.

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