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The policewoman fighting fake news

Rema Rajeshwari used traditional storytelling to fight the spread of fake news when rumours of child kidnappers and violent murders sparked a spate of mob attacks in her district.

Rema Rajeshwari is an Indian police office. In 2018, rumours of child kidnappers and violent murders spread throughout her district via messaging apps. Locals were scared and started forming mobs and attacking strangers. Rema had an unorthodox solution: traditional storytelling, inspired by her grandmother. She told to Outlook’s Emily Webb how she used storytelling to combat fake news.

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Picture: Rema Rajeshwari
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