LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth gave a ringing endorsement of conventional media in a message to journalists on Monday, saying they have been offering an important public service throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
At a time when established newspapers and tv channels are routinely vilified and accused of manufacturing “faux information” by U.S. President Donald Trump and different world leaders, the 94-year-old monarch’s message was a uncommon tribute.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has as soon as once more demonstrated what an necessary public service the established information media gives, each nationally and regionally,” she stated in a message to members of Britain’s Information Media Affiliation.
“As our world has modified dramatically, having trusted, dependable sources of data, notably at a time when there are such a lot of sources competing for our consideration, is significant,” the queen wrote.
The affect of social media on democracy, and notably of the colossal flows of misinformation circulating amongst customers, are the themes of heated and unresolved debates in a number of main Western nations, particularly the US.
Below Britain’s unwritten structure, the monarch doesn’t normally converse on political issues. The queen’s determination to ship a public message of help to the information media suggests she considers the topic to be uncontroversial.
Reporting by Estelle Shirbon; enhancing by Costas Pitas
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