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H1N1 and Dissemination of Information During Crisis

The widely usage of Internet and Web2.0 media enables the public to use blog postings and text messages among themselves to disseminate H1N1 information, says Globe, a biweekly magazine published by Xinhua. People don’t rely on the traditional media, which is more rigid in reporting the epidemic situation, any more. Thus the crisis of H1N1 also becomes a crisis for the media.

Globe also argued that China should improve its influence over international public opinion, as currently the Western media have led China by the nose on major news. “Therefore, how to explain China to the world and seek international support during a crisis should be an important link as the government improves the dissemination of information during a crisis.”

Source: Xinhua, December 14, 2009