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Opinion

Indians must stop spreading anti-Muslim fake news on WhatsApp

Misleading images and videos are suggesting coronavirus conspiracy

| India
Members of the Tablighi Jamaat cluster in quarantine during lockdown in New Delhi on Apr. 16.   © Hindustan Times/Getty Images

Ankur Shah is a writer focused on China, Russia and India for, among others, the Economist, UNESCO and Foreign Policy.

Since India went into coronavirus lockdown on March 24, its Muslim population has been the target of cruel misinformation spread on WhatsApp. Much of this indignation began with criticism of the Tablighi Jamaat, a multinational Muslim missionary group which held a sermon in New Delhi after the city government had prohibited gatherings and has emerged as a COVID-19 cluster.

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