Coronavirus (1047) BBC: How my mum became a conspiracy theory influencer

26 October, 2020

Dear HIFA colleagues,

It is sad to see families torn apart by false beliefs about COVID, let alone the damage such beliefs cause to the wider public. This short BBC video shows how Sebastian has become estranged from his mother, UK professional nurse (recently suspended from the register) Kate Shemirani. Extract below and video here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-54669239

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'Sebastian’s mum has became one of the leaders of Britain’s conspiracy community, collecting tens of thousands of followers with false claims – including denying coronavirus exists, blaming the symptoms of Covid-19 on 5G radio waves and likening the NHS to Nazi Germany.

Sebastian is worried about his mum’s impact on public health and reasoned debate. And, closer to home, their relationship has broken down.

He spoke exclusively to the BBC’s specialist disinformation reporter Marianna Spring.'

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Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator, neil@hifa.org www.hifa.org