Frank LoMonte Comments on Censorship Risks During the Pandemic
Frank LoMonte, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information director, was quoted in “Authoritarian Governments Crack Down on Press Freedoms Amid COVID-19 Pandemic: Report” featured on ABC News on April 28.
The story focuses on how the coronavirus is compounding existing threats to press freedoms around the world.
According to LoMonte, such censorship creates a real risk to citizens’ health and safety during a global pandemic, making people “more susceptible to falling for dangerous rumors.”
‘We can’t have governments undermining people’s trust and confidence in the news,” LoMonte said. “Because believing news right now might actually save their lives.”