Africa Media Development Foundation (AMDF) has released a guide for journalists in Africa reporting the Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared COVID-19 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on January 31, 2020. Following further assessment, the World Health Organisation raised the virus’s global risk from ”high” to “very high” on February 28, and finally declared it a pandemic on March 11.
In a statement, Iliya Kure, the Executive Director of the Africa Media Development Foundation stated that, “the COVID-19 also known as novel Corona virus is currently spreading across Africa and the world. From the messages we read flying across the continent, they are so many unverified information, which is likely to cause harm and misinform individuals.”
“No doubt, governments all over the world are making efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19, this in turn, calls for journalists and the media to demonstrate professionalism in their work, by providing credible and reliable information that will appropriately direct and guide people.” He said.
“In general cases of health emergencies, the number one priority of the media is to provide accurate information on the whole situation; that is, what is happening and the ongoing emergency efforts by relevant authorities.”
“This should also include provision of credible information and guidance to forestall spread of rumours and misinformation, as well as direct people to appropriate health centres, where they can find help when needed.” He added.
He therefore called on journalists to visit AMDF’s website to read the guide by clicking on this link https://amdf-centre.org/2020/03/amdf-tips-for-african-journalists-reporting-covid19/