News item on the BBC website. Text and video online: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-asia-india-57635763
India Covid-19: The community radio station fighting fake news
Radio Mewat has been around for decades in Haryana's Nuh district, a region locally known as Mewat, spreading awareness about various things, from primary healthcare to gender rights.
So when Covid-19 struck, its staff also took on the challenge of fighting fake news so people would follow safety protocols and take their jabs.
Sohrab Khan, who has worked at Radio Mewat for a decade, said it's been a challenge, but their efforts paid off when people began taking the threat posed by the virus seriously.
Selected extracts from video:
"At first I believed the rumours that the vaccine causes vomiting, diarrhoea or death"
"It's called a "narrowcast". We visit villages with a pen drive and raido. We gather people in groups of 10-15... We convince people that the vaccine is beneficial..."
"Initially the villagers didn't even believe that COVID was real. Eventually people started wearing masks, taking social distance and even getting vaccines"