Tag Archives | Prof George Claassen

Radio Sonder Grense (RSG) podcast

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Posted  21 May 2018

A podcast in Afrikaans of a discussion featured on the program, Uit ‘n ander hoek, on 20 May 2018.

“Goedgelowige mense word maklik deur kwaksalwers uitgebuit wat nuttelose en selfs gevaarlike middels ten duurste aan hulle verkoop. Jean Oosthuizen gesels met die wetenskapjoernalis, George Claassen, en die redakteur van camcheck.co.za, dr. Harris Steinmann, oor kwaksalwery en pseudo-wetenskap.”

“People with good intentions are easily exploited by scam artists who sell the costly and even dangerous products to them. Jean Oosthuizen talks with science journalist George Claassen, and the editor of camcheck.co.za, dr. Harris Steinman, about scams and pseudo science”.

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WAVEEX

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Posted 14 April 2018

WAVEEX is a small plastic chip, which its manufacturers and peddlers claim can be attached to cell phones and other mobile devices to reduce harmful radiation.

We recently highlighted an article, published in GroundUp, titled How a journalist took an ethical stand and risked her job, about how the journalist Natasha Bolognesi refused to edit a bogus article for Natural Medicine Magazine, and the subsequent repercussions.  

The article by Professor George Claassen, a highly credible journalist, resulted in a posting of a comment to the article by Wolfgang Vogl, the CEO of WAVEEX, defending the claims of the product and “[I]n parallel our lawyers together with the Austrian Embassy in South Africa is preparing law suits against Classen [sic], Bolognesi and the GroundUp”.

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WAVEEX: How a journalist took an ethical stand and risked her job

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Posted 11 April 2018

This article published on GroundUp, focusses on two strands:

  1. WAVEEX – a small plastic chip, which its manufacturers and peddlers claim can be attached to cell phones and other mobile devices to reduce harmful radiation. 
  2. How a journalist took an ethical stand and risked her job: Natasha Bolognesi refused to edit a bogus article

The manufacturers claim that WAVEEX, a small plastic chip attached to cell phones, “is ‘scientifically proven’, when in fact it is all fruitloopery – pseudoscience masquerading as science to confuse and convince consumers“. 

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USN’s defamation action: Commentary on RSG

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Posted 21 October 2015

As mentioned elsewhere on CamCheck, USN is suing Dr Harris Steinman alleging defamation. Dr Steinman will be opposing the action.

Prof George Claassen is a science journalist, science communication lecturer and teaches in the Department of Journalism at the University of Stellenbosch. He is also the author of the book Kwakke, kwinte en kwale, a book on pseudoscience and scams. He was interviewed on RSG (Radio Sonder Grense) regarding USN’s action. The interview in Afrikaans is available in this podcast.

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