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Comments by Dr David Clarke, reader in journalism, has been extensively coverage across the BBC.

Dr Clarke has commented that 'fake news' is not a modern phenomena and in fact the British military published their own, gruesome, fake news during the First World War in 1917. In order to try and draw China into joining the fight against Germany, the British propaganda machine planted false stories about their enemies turning dead troops into soap. 

Dr Clarke comments on the story, including evidence that proves that the 'master hoax' was entirely made up by the British military have gained widespread coverage.

Dr Clarke was interview for BBC Radio 4's Today Programme [listen from 00:44:17], appeared live on BBC Radio 5Live and had a feature published on BBC News. His comments were also used by several region BBC Radio stations including BBC Radio Shropshire, Wales, Lincolnshire and Suffolk. Dr Clarke also appeared live on BBC Radio York [00:45:50].

Dr David Clarke

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