“There is nothing so patient, in this world or any other, as a virus searching for a host.” Mira Grant, Countdown

Whatever your view, this news will perhaps give another jumping off point for those participating in this week’s Writing Prompt. You still have time to respond.  It doesn’t close until Monday.

This past Tuesday, the public safety director of Newark, New Jersey warned that people who spread disinformation about the coronavirus could be criminally prosecuted. PEN America’s Nora Benavidez, director of U.S. free expression programs, issued the following statement:

“Advising people to take care in sharing reliable and fact-based information about coronavirus makes good sense. Threatening criminal prosecution for spreading misinformation in a time of great confusion, on the other hand, is both wrongheaded and likely unconstitutional. Local leaders must prioritize protecting public health and providing credible information, but they can do that without threatening to tread on the public’s rights.”

This post is courtesy of Twitter, Newark NJ, and PEN America.

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  1. I agree with you 100% Jamie. This is exactly what China used at the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak to maintain control of the party-line narrative and to intimidate the doctors with first-hand information as well as any potential whistleblowers. I can see Trump using the same cudgel to dumb down public awareness of what’s really going on with the spread of the virus and what drastic but necessary steps other countries are taking to slow the spread in order to prepare for the inevitable onslaught.

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