As media institutions and journalists attempt to gather, process, and relay information on the Covid-19 pandemic, ARTICLE 19 Eastern Africa has developed a set of reporting guidelines to support journalists in Kenya.
During a global health crisis information becomes more important than ever. It can save lives, shine a spotlight on corruption, and document human rights abuses. However, the risks of false content or misinformation pose real threats. This can lead to panic, hoarding of goods, profiteering, or even violence.
While journalists and media workers cover most events without a struggle, reporting on Covid-19 carries a much greater personal risk. By travelling to affected areas and listening to accounts of those affected and infected, journalists place their own safety in jeopardy. In addition, Covid-19 data is ever-changing and sometimes unverified.
Within this context, these reporting guidelines provide vital tips for media outlets and journalists to cover the Covid-19 pandemic with greater safety and accuracy.