Broadcasting the COVID-19 Pandemic in Central Africa

A Content Analysis of a United Nations Peacekeeping Radio

Palavras-chave: pandemia, jornalismo, África, comunicação de risco, ONU


O rádio desempenha um papel fundamental no continente africano em áreas onde há fraca infraestrutura, baixas taxas de alfabetização e pobreza endêmica. Dada à atual crise causada pela pandemia do COVID-19, se faz apropriado analisar o papel de um meio de comunicação como a rádio Guira FM na República Centroafricana. Por meio de uma análise detalhada de códigos, palavras-chave e enquadramentos, este estudo adentrou-se ao conteúdo noticioso produzido por jornalistas acerca de como esse meio de comunicação fez para responder à crise sanitária. O estudo discute os desafios de se fazer rádio em uma sociedade em transição no âmbito de uma missão de paz das Nações Unidas (ONU) e revela uma dinâmica de esforços para combater essa ameaça global. Além de analisar o conceito de comunicação de risco, também problematiza as implicações de uma rádio administrada pela ONU a fim de avaliar seu papel no serviço público de comunicação.

Biografia do Autor

Fabíola Ortiz dos Santos, Duisburg-Essen University

PhD fellow at the MEDAS 21 – ‘Global Media Assistance: Applied Research, Improved Practice in the 21 Century’ (Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism, Dortmund) and research associate at the Institute of Communication Science in Duisburg-Essen University, Germany. She holds a MA at the Erasmus Mundus Journalism with Specialism in War and Conflict – Aarhus University (Denmark) and Swansea University (United Kingdom). Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Fabíola Ortiz has worked as a journalist for ten years reporting on human rights, development and international affairs in the Global South. She received the Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize at the 2018 UNCA (United Nations Correspondents Association) Awards and 2017 AMAN Prize – Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies. She was a 2017 grantee of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation for the reporting on reintegration of former child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2015 was a fellow at Dag Hammarskjöld UN Fund for Journalists.

Antonio Brasil , Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism – TU Dortmund University, Germany

Research Fellow in the Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism at TU Dortmund University, Germany. Associate Professor (retired) in the Department of Journalism at Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC). He was Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism at Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ), Visiting Professor/Scholar in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers, the University of the State of New Jersey and Visiting Professor in the Media Department at the University of Applied Sciences in Offenburg, Germany. Holds a PhD in Information Science at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and Master Degree in Social Anthropology at the The London School of Economics. 


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