NZ Government Will Pay Media to Produce State-Approved Stories to Combat “Misinformation” About Covid-19

NZ Government Will Pay Media to Produce State-Approved Stories to Combat “Misinformation” About Covid-19. By Caldron Pool.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced her government’s plans to fund journalism that will combat “misinformation” about Covid-19 on social media.

According to a government website, Ardern’s $55 million Public Interest Journalism Fund will be split across three years, and will “support a healthy democracy” by keeping New Zealanders “informed and engaged.” …

Sure. That’s the sort of thing they say in Beijing.

In May 2020, Ardern urged New Zealanders to dismiss any information relating to Covid that has not come from her government saying, “we will continue to be your single source of truth.”

In Australia we have the ABC, whose budget is over $1 billion per year.