Anti-vaccine 'truthpaper' which says Covid is hoax given out on streets of Doncaster

An anti-vaccine ‘truthpaper’ which says Covid-19 is a hoax and is packed with dozens of coronavirus conspiracy theories has been given away on the streets of Doncaster.

By Darren Burke
Wednesday, 29th September 2021, 6:02 am

Copies of The Light, which describes itself as ‘the only paper telling you the truth’ and ‘free from the establishment’ were being given away in the town centre yesterday.

One reader who was handed the newspaper said: “It is absolute tosh. Some of the articles are very dangerous.

"We don’t want things like this on the streets of Doncaster. The stuff in there is absolute fruitcake territory.”

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The Light is being circulated in Doncaster.

The publication has been dubbed ‘dangerous’ for spreading false and misleading information about vaccines as well as numerous Covid-19 conspiracy theories.

The self-published “truthpaper” is edited by Manchester man Darren Smith who runs a business selling anti-vaccine T-shirts and 9/11 conspiracy merchandise.

The outlet, which has published 13 issues since it first appeared last September, features articles about the New World Order supposedly behind Covid, urges rejecting vaccines and not to wear masks, calling coronavirus a hoax.

Newspapers are distributed by a 5,000-strong private Facebook group where volunteers offer to hand out copies and post them through their neighbours’ doors.

Its Twitter accounts have been suspended for peddling Covid misinformation and the print publication regularly draws on baseless claims about Bill Gates, global plots and mind control using vaccines. It calls for modern-day “Nuremberg trials” for ‘main stream media’ journalists it says are following agendas.

Smith, the Light’s founder and editor, who performs as Darren Nesbitt, said last year that the publication has a print run of 100,000 copies.

It has been circulated around the country by anti-vaxx supporters and Covid-deniers.

Smith told The Guardian that funding for his outlet “comes from donations, advertising and subscriptions”.

He also runs an anti-pandemic clothing chain selling T-shirts with slogans such as “scamdemic” and clothing questioning the 9/11 attacks.

The publication has been described as ‘dangerous’ with volunteers wanting to distribute the newspaper signing up to the outlet's core message that Covid-19 is not real.

A message inside the latest edition reads that The Light is ‘delivering censored news to people who don’t even know it exists.’