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Making the News: Why the APRM didn't

In this paper, Brendan Boyle who covered the South African peer review process for the Sunday Times newspaper, reflects on why, in his opinion, the APRM failed to capture the imagination of the public and the press, and generate a national conversat…

Coverage of Senegal's Pandemic Response in Western Online News and Algorithm Filtering

Senegal, a small and politically stable coastal West African nation, has been hailed for its rapid response to combat the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), for which it has received significant attention in Western media. This essay e…

Agenda Setting Unpacked: A Review of Zimbabwe's Approach to Reporting during COVID-19

The right to freedom of information is highly sought after by media practitioners. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about many changes for journalists and their ability to freely disseminate information related to it. In countries such as …

Hashtags and Spectacles: Zimbabwe's Feminist Activists Find Online Avenues to Tackle Government's COVID-19 Clampdown

Feminist critiques, activism and the feminist movement have long played a key role at significant political junctures in Zimbabwe, challenging the male domination of political and public spaces, as well as entrenched masculine orientations of democr…

How Pan-African Media helped Madagascar Advance its Claim of a COVID-19 'Miracle Cure' as a Form of Medical Diplomacy

Madagascar attracted global media attention in April 2020 when President Andry Rajoelina announced a plant-based tonic that he claimed could both prevent and cure the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). By then, the global outbreak was proliferating …

Burundi and COVID-19: Africa's Representation in the International Media

The East African nation of Burundi has been on a knife-edge since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Political tensions – which have always loomed large in the divided country – deepened in the leadup to the May 2020 elections. Concern grew about a…

Report on Media and Engagement Strategy on SADC Regional Integration

The effective use of the media in regional integration can help inform, empower and persuade citizens to actively participate in the integration agenda as well as foster public debate and policy change in the Southern African Development Community (…

We are not Guinea Pigs: The Effects of Negative News on Vaccine Compliance

In 1996, following an epidemic, Pfizer tested a new drug on 200 children in Muslim Nigeria. Eleven children died while others were disabled. We study the effects of negative news on vaccine compliance using evidence from the disclosure of deaths of …

News in the COVID-19 crisis: Where do South Africans get their News, and is it Trustworthy? Findings from the 2019 South African Reconciliation Barometer

Where do South Africans get their news and do they believe it to be trustworthy? This question takes on even greater significance in the context of a national lockdown to limit the spread of COVID-19. This policy brief, using insights from the 2019 …

Ethiopian more Focused COVID-19 Country Report

The COVID-19 pandemic was reported to spread to Africa on 14 February 2020. The first confirmed case being in Egypt. Ethiopia reported the first case on 13 March 2020. The National Government of the country let by Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed decla…

Moroccans Support Media's Watchdog Role but Endorse Government Restrictions on Information

Morocco’s 2011 Constitution states that "freedom of the press is guaranteed and may not be limited by any form of prior censorship. To the extent expressly provided for by law, everyone has the right to free expression and dissemination of informati…

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