Modi Operandi
DisinformationAugust 22, 202300:19:05

Modi Operandi

Uncovering the extent and impact of Disinformation under India's Leader, Prime Minister Narendra Modi

"It creates this sort of feedback loop of Disinformation that's happening all the time there."

On this episode of Disinformation, hosts Paul Brandus and Meredith Wilson delve into the concerning rise of disinformation in India under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The episode highlights the protests outside the White House during Modi's visit, where opponents accused him of undermining democracy and suppressing freedoms. The transcript reveals that India's ranking in the World Press Freedom Index has plummeted, with the country now ranked 161st out of 180 countries. The hosts discuss how social media and the internet have exacerbated the spread of disinformation, particularly in the context of Hindu-Muslim tensions. They also touch on the alarming prevalence of COVID-19 misinformation in India and the ease with which false narratives can be generated using artificial intelligence. Overall, the episode sheds light on the challenges India faces in combating disinformation and protecting democratic values.

[00:01:24] India's declining press freedom

[00:05:08] The Indian news "hyper-cycle"

[00:12:09] Fake cricket

[00:13:43] The ease of generating disinformation in India

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