African Editors Forum publishes two resources on COVID-19 and pandemics

The African Editors Forum has published two important resources on COVID-19 and pandemics in Africa. The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching impacts on all economic sectors, but as frontline workers, it has had acute impacts on journalists. The financial, physical, and electronic security of journalists has been compromised, leading to poorer news content and affecting their ability to properly fulfill their role in reporting in an emergency of this nature. While the media has been shut down, misinformation and disinformation have proliferated online, leading to countless infections and even deaths of journalists struggling to deal with the tide of falsehoods. These are some of the findings of a study by the African Editors Forum (TAEF), Reporting at a Distance: The Impact of COVID-19 on Journalists and Journalism in Africa. The report will be released on February 23, 2022, along with the Safety Guide for Journalists Covering Pandemics in Africa. “The impact of COVID-19 on journalists and journalism in Africa”, which was the first of its kind in the entire continent and was funded by UNESCO’s International Program for the Development of Communication (IPDC). The Safety Guide for Journalists Covering Pandemics in Africa was co-funded by UNESCO’s Multi-Donor Program for Freedom of Expression and Safety of Journalists (MDP) and the #Coronavirusfacts project supported by European Union. TAEF is not only pleased to provide the study, which will be a necessary tool for journalists and researchers. The guide will be a useful weapon in the arsenal of the media as they cover pandemics,” said TAEF President Jovial Rantao. Sandra Roberts, author of the investigative report, said: “None of the journalists interviewed in the fifteen participating countries, spread across all regions of Africa, were not affected by the pandemic. One of the key challenges of the pandemic has been the ability and, in some cases, the tendency of governments to restrict the movement of journalists and put their safety at risk. A journalist in Zimbabwe said: “Every time there is a roadblock, you have to show your ID, then you have to present a letter… and sometimes they had to check that. People were told no, back off, you can’t continue.” The journalist went on to explain that increased surveillance, especially during lockdowns, meant that the safety of journalists and their sources could be compromised. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; African Editors Forum publishes two resources on COVID-19 and pandemics