Broadcasting the COVID-19 Pandemic in Central Africa: A Content Analysis of a United Nations Peacekeeping Radio

Radio plays a key role on the African continent in areas where there is poor infrastructure, low literacy rates and endemic poverty. Given the current crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is appropriate to analyse the role of a means of communication such as Guira FM radio in the Central African Republic. Through a detailed analysis of codes, keywords and framings, this study went into the news content produced by journalists about how the media responded to the health crisis. The study discusses the challenges of doing radio in a society in transition as part of a United Nations (UN) peace mission and reveals a dynamic of efforts to combat this global threat. In addition to analysing the concept of risk communication, it also questions the implications of a radio administered by the UN in order to assess its role in the public communication service.

Year Country Organisation Author Type
2020 Africa, Central African Republic Santos, F. O. dos & Brasil, A. academic paper
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coronavirus, covid-19, pandemic, radio Download/link