Harmful disinformation sowed anger, violence, and anarchy during July unrest – media expert

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4 March 2022, News24, Iavan Pijoos

“We do know that concerning and at times harmful content was being spread, which appears to have contributed to the anger and facilitated the incitement to violence and disorder,” Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) director, William Bird, told the commission.

“One of the biggest problems that we saw in the unrest was the failure by various bodies and non-government [entities] to communicate what was going on. It was only when media started to get there, we started to get a better sense of what was going on.

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