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India’s ‘Anti-Vaccine Mafia’

India’s ‘Anti-Vaccine Mafia’

A Facebook post lamenting the death of teenage boy in India – from diphtheria – has shone a light on an anti-vaccination movement that appears to be gaining ground. There are claims that some alternative medicine practitioners are encouraging families in the state of Kerala not to get vaccinated against diseases.

And, when a court in the Hague ruled against China over a dispute in the South China Sea, a music video went viral on Weibo. The video showed young Chinese people declaring that they ‘don’t care’ about the ruling. It appears to have been created by a branch of the Chinese government as a form of propaganda – just the latest example of what some are calling ‘digital diplomacy’.

Produced by Sam Judah and Kate Lamble.

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