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Launch of Literature and Video-Dossier on Media and Corona in the Arab World

News from Nov 18, 2020

The division of international communication in cooperation with scholars of the Arab-European Association for Media and Communication Researchers AREACORE has launched a dossier on Media and Corona in Arab countries.

The outbreak of COVID-19 has not only led to a major public health crisis globally, restricted our mobility and affected our economic and political infrastructure, it also has impacted the media sector. We are only beginning to grapple with the immediate and long-term effects on media systems, journalism practices and freedom of expression. While dominant Western scholarship observes the current trends in Europe and North America, little is systematically gathered of what happens in countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). There are alarming trends in some countries, though, such as restrictions on articulating opinions, financial problems of many media houses, but also a rising need for and appreciation of unbiased information. In order to monitor these dynamics, we set up a “Dossier on Media and Corona” that you can find here: http://www.areacore.org/dossier-media-corona/ It contains links to country-specific publications mainly in the MENA region in English and Arabic (including English abstracts). To give authentic and actual insights, AREACORE partners in Morocco, Oman, Jordan, Egypt and Yemen produced short movies dealing with the relation of media, journalism and Corona.

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