Conspiracy and fear should not be supported

Asren Pugh, Bangalow

I was thoroughly disappointed to see The Echo promoting anti-vaccination propaganda advertising on page 16 of last week’s Echo, under the heading of ‘Health and Healing’ no less.

The AVN is a dangerous organisation that has been subject to public warnings by the Health Care Complaints Commission. They warn the public that the AVN disseminates ‘misleading, misrepresented, and incorrect information about vaccination [that] engenders fear and alarm’.

I doubt The Echo would promote a doctor that had the same warnings against them, nor would it promote industries that are damaging the health of us and our planet, like a CSG. It should take the same approach with the AVN and refuse its advertising money.

This pandemic has shown us just how dangerous conspiracy theories can be, with thousands of people refusing to get tested for COVID-19 in Melbourne, with many citing conspiracy theories as their reason. The anti-vaccination movement is built on fear and conspiracy. It should not be supported by any serious media outlet like The Echo.

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6 responses to “Conspiracy and fear should not be supported”

  1. Barry says:

    Disclaimer is no excuse. Publishing nonsense is dangerous.

  2. tim. says:

    Better to publish the nonsense than let it go “underground” where it can become more dangerous. The proponents of the nonsense live alongside us and have as much right to promote their propaganda as anyone else. The AVN are nutters, but I think you know that by now.

  3. Andrea Herraman says:

    Well let’s hope that doesn’t mean the far right is going to get a platform in the Echo.

  4. Peter Hatfield, Cumablum says:

    Thank you for your brave and unequivocal comments Asren.

  5. I haven’t ever seen the Echo publish any ads supporting Adani or Gina Reinhardt or any other climate deniers and fossil fools… there is a line the Echo won’t cross.
    Time to put AVN on the other side of that line too

  6. Liz L says:

    What! Is this really the Byron Shire? Three days now and the comments haven’t been overrun by the crew that Boris Johnson so affectionately referred to as ‘nuts’. Phew!

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