Fake News Watch: Reports of a theft have been greatly exaggerated…

The Kuwait City skyline. The Kuwaiti Health Ministry said that it will take all the necessary measures to track down those who promoted an incident of fake news. (Reuters)
Updated 23 April 2019

Fake News Watch: Reports of a theft have been greatly exaggerated…

  • The Kuwaiti Health Ministry has denied reports circulated on social media claiming that the human organs of a dead Egyptian resident had been stolen
  • The Egyptian Ministry for Immigration has denied rumors claiming that Egyptians living abroad were allowed to vote online in a referendum on constitutional amendments

1. Kuwait denies “human organs theft” rumors on social media
The Kuwaiti Health Ministry has denied reports circulated on social media claiming that the human organs of a dead Egyptian resident had been stolen.
The rumors claimed that the organs of an Egyptian resident were stolen from a mortuary at the Al Sabah medical area.
A press release issued by the ministry said that the reports were fake and baseless, adding that such rumors negatively reflect on the reputation of Kuwait’s health sector.
The ministry said that it will take all the necessary measures to track down those who promoted the fake news.

2. Egypt ministry puts record straight on expat vote
The Egyptian Ministry for Immigration has denied rumors claiming that Egyptians living abroad were allowed to vote online in a referendum on constitutional amendments.
Social media users had earlier debated whether the vote for Egyptians abroad can be cast electronically. In a statement, the ministry cited the National Electoral Commission as saying there would be no such electronic vote on the constitutional amendments.


News Corp. Australia’s push for digitization to lead to job losses

Updated 28 May 2020

News Corp. Australia’s push for digitization to lead to job losses

News Corp. Australia said it would restructure its organization to focus on digital publishing, a move that will also lead to job losses.
Scores of regional and community titles will be published only digitally from June 29 under the reorganization, the Australian arm of the mass media and publishing firm News Corp. said in a statement on Wednesday.
The company did not specify how many jobs could be lost, but Australian media reported up to 1,000 staff could be axed as a result of the restructuring.
It said its print publications had become unsustainable amid the coronavirus pandemic and the loss of revenue to digital platforms that use its content without payment.
“To meet these changing trends, we are reshaping News Corp. Australia to focus on where consumers and businesses are moving and to strengthen our position as Australia’s leading digital news media company,” News Corp. Australasia Executive Chairman Michael Miller said.
News Corp. incurred an impairment charge of $1.1 billion in the third quarter ended March 31, primarily related to a write-down at its struggling Australian pay television unit, Foxtel.