Why Africa’s journalists aren’t doing a good job on COVID-19 by George Ogola, a former journalist and Senior Lecturer in Journalism

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“The African media has failed to develop an alternative narrative encouraging the WHO and governments to ensure measures are appropriate for local conditions.
For example, social distancing, self-isolation, and quarantines are largely impractical in a number of African countries. In an environment in which most people get their food and other daily needs from open-air informal markets, it is remarkably ironic that local media should concentrate on panic buying and the provision of sanitizers in the supermarkets in Nairobi and Johannesburg’s leafy suburbs.
Similarly, how does one self-isolate in the context of Nairobi’s sprawling slums? There, a single room is shared by family and extended kin. How do you agree to a quarantine when you have lived under a surveillance state you are deeply suspicious of in Uganda, Zimbabwe, and Rwanda? Indeed the immediate cultural inflection associated with quarantine is detention. It does not imply safety.
In addition, how can the African news media fail to point out the fallacy of state directives for people to work from home, with no prospects of any financial support when 85% of the population work in the informal sector?” More here: https://bit.ly/AfricaJournalistsCOVID9

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