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Letters and unsubstantiated press releases

Infodemic, misinformation, and unsubstantiated press releases

BMJ 2022; 378 doi: (Published 02 September 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;378:o2131
  1. Lakhiram Murmu, medical superintendent,
  2. Sushimta Murmu, assistant professor psychiatry
  1. Al-Falah School of Medicine and Research Centre, Al-Falah University, Dhauj, Faridabad, Haryana, India
  1. lrmurmu{at}

Abbasi, writing about why The BMJ will no longer report on unsubstantiated press releases,1 highlights a global trend of pressurising newspapers and journals to print unverified claims. Today, the press is largely subsumed by propaganda and is no longer Edmund Burke’s “fourth estate of democracy.”2 Research papers submitted to The …

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