Lidia Fagale, rotating chairperson of the presidium of the Belt and Road Journalists Network and General Secretary of the Union of Journalists of Buenos Aires, recently wrote an article entitled “Nonsense tempest: information epidemic, information militarization and information imperialism.” After the article was published on the websites of Rebelion and Acercandonos Cultura, it was reprinted by some websites and magazines in Argentina and other countries, and was widely read on social media platforms such as Facebook.
The article points out that since the outbreak of COVID-19 epidemic, media outlets and social media in some countries have rapidly circulated a large amount of false information, making it impossible for people to obtain accurate information and causing some people to discriminate against overseas Chinese. The World Health Organization pointed out that the spread of the “information epidemic” has caused serious harm and hampered measures to combat the virus.
The article criticizes the West for deliberately blaming China for the virus and building a “high wall” to prevent people from receiving information about the epidemic released by Chinese authorities. China’s effective measures to prevent and control the epidemic have not been communicated in the West, and have even been distorted and smeared. This distortion of information manipulated with the help of huge amounts of capital is neither an isolated event nor a novelty. Today it’s about COVID-19, and maybe tomorrow it will be about another topic that can be manipulated. They will keep on doing this.
The article points out that false information about COVID-19 has become a powerful weapon for the United States to defend its economic hegemony against China, and this is a powerful attack launched by the United States to occupy the hegemonic space in the high-tech field in the context of trade war. This trade war has not only dealt a heavy blow to the stock market, but also entrapped mankind in endless rumors.