Special Issue "Media Freedom in the Age of COVID-19"
A special issue of Journalism and Media (ISSN 2673-5172).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2021) | Viewed by 57722
Interests: journalism; political communication; news consumption
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In times of crisis, uncertainty and changes, information becomes an essential social good. This has been the case throughout history, and also during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Organizations such as Reporters Without Borders, Freedom House, Index on Censorship, International Center for Non-Profit Law (ICNL), or the European Center for Non-Profit Law have alerted the public to limitations and threats to press freedom since the start of the pandemic in all kinds of political regimes around the world. For example, Reporters Without Borders' Tracker-19 tool has monitored the impact of the pandemic on journalism, finding attacks on media freedom in 64 countries, ranging from censorship, persecution, and criticism to journalists and media to set limitations on access to press conferences, restrict questions, and refuse follow-up questions. At the same time, the consumption of news has substantially increased during the crisis, and in some countries citizens hold positive views of the news coverage of the COVID-19 (Reuters, 2020, Casero-Ripollés, 2020). This paradoxical situation—evidence of the problems to report on the coronavirus and the increase in news consumption—highlights the need to empirically and critically analyze how the pandemic has affected media freedom, as well as the resulting consequences for quality of news content, which citizens receive.
Themes to be addressed in this Special Issue of Journalism and Media:
- Censorship and State control of information during the pandemic
- Disinformation and COVID-19 infodemic
- The right of access to information during the COVID-19 crisis
- Trust for news on coronavirus
- Ethical limits and self-censorship in news coverage of coronavirus
- Impact of limitations on press freedom in journalistic practice
- Information quality in COVID-19 news coverage
Prof. Dr. María Luisa Humanes
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- media freedom
- access to information
- journalistic practice
- information quality
- ethical limits