Amnesty UK accused of ‘spreading false information’ about Northern Territory Covid outbreak

Amnesty UK accused of ‘spreading false information’ about Northern Territory Covid outbreak

Amnesty UK has been accused of “spreading false information” about the Northern Territory’s Covid outbreak in an extraordinary joint statement from the territory’s peak Aboriginal health organisation and Amnesty’s own Australian operation. Disinformation about the Covid outbreak in Aboriginal communities near Katherine, spread by third parties online, was on Thursday described by the NT chief minister as “conspiracy theories” pushed by “tinfoil hat wearing tossers”. Amsant (the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory) and Amnesty Australia subsequently said they were “extremely disappointed” that Amnesty International UK had issued a press release with a headline that misrepresented the situation on the ground without first consulting Aboriginal people. “False information from social media is dangerous and corrosive to our communities but easily avoided by talking to the community-led health organisations that Amnesty …
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