Past Event

Emerging issues on COVID-19, including questions about the disease, stigma and misinformation

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Online

May 5, 2020 - 10:00AM - 12:30PM DST (GMT+1)

Internews and the International Federation of the Red Cross, moderated by OCHA, will speak to the question: How to address community feedback and social stigma associated with COVID-19?

The novelty of the COVID-19 outbreak and the overabundance of information circulating in the media, social media and communities has contributed to fear, rumours, social stigma and discriminatory behaviours against anyone perceived to have been in contact with the virus. Rumours and misinformation travel fast and make it hard for people to know what information is reliable and trustworthy and can even lead people to adopt ineffective prevention measures, which can further increase their risk of infection. Media organizations have an important role to play in filling dangerous information vacuums, countering incorrect information and sharing vital life-saving health advice with their audience. They can help promote calm, reduce fear and stigma and save lives by reducing the number of people infected by the virus.

The session will include debates on:

  • What are the main rumours, fears and questions communities have about COVID-19 in East Africa and what is the impact of these? (Based on community feedback collected by the Red Cross and other agencies)
  • How can journalists help to counter the tide of misinformation and provide correct information to help people stay safe?
  • What are the main examples of social stigma related to COVID-19 in Eastern Africa and how can journalists address it through the media?
  • Words matter: examples of words and language that may have a negative meaning for people and fuel stigmatizing attitudes, and how to avoid them.

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Emerging issues on COVID-19, including questions about the disease, stigma and misinformation

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Online

Free event