Dossier: Media and Corona    Recently updated !

This project aims to get some authentic insights on the current status quo of the situation of media in times of Corona in AREACORE partner countries – through short films and through the collection of reports and literature on the issue for the respective countries and regions to research Media and Information Literacy. Corona Crisis 2020 has certainly immediate and long term effects on our media systems, journalism practices and freedom of expression relevant for our research network.

The films and literature listed below will tackle a wide range of issues related to media, journalism and media freedom in times of Corona in your country: What are the particularities in the media coverage on the CORONA virus? How do journalists deal with the crisis? Who are the most prominent actors that communicate with the public about the crisis? How are restrictions and safety measures communicated? Is there are specific rhetoric worth to be pointed out? Do media report accurately or are they reporting fake news? How is media freedom affected by the crisis? The films will be published on our platform:



“Examples of innovation aren’t getting the fanfare they would do if they emerged from Europe or the US.”

“Far from being a “great equalizer,” the coronavirus pandemic is a global stress test exposing with ever greater clarity the pre-existing divides.”

“The outbreak is being used by prominent influencers in the Gulf and elsewhere to inflame political tensions”

 “A group of countries in the Middle East are stepping up their use of artificial intelligence tools to halt the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. They are increasingly deploying sophisticated technology to ensure that movement is limited and social distancing is in place through the use of speed cameras, drones and robots.”

“Governments in the region and beyond are using the pandemic as a pretext to curtail vital reporting.”

“Middle Eastern governments take advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic to step up state censorship and to reaffirm their monopoly of the dissemination of news and information”

“The international Press Institute (IPI) is closely monitoring press freedom restrictions in the pandemic situation.”

“مع انتشار جائحة فيروس كورونا/ COVID-19 في الشرق الأوسط؛ أخذت أجراس الصحافة المطبوعة باللغة العربية تُقرع، حيث تعاني الصحف اليومية العربية آثار حظر التجوّل، وانهيار دخلها من الإعلانات، إضافة إلى فرض حظر النشر على المطبوعات.”

“With the spread of the Corona / COVID-19 virus pandemic in the Middle East; The Situation of Arabic press is alarming, as Arab daily newspapers suffer the effects of the curfew, the collapse of their income from advertisements, and the imposition of a ban on publications.”

“إستجابة وسائل الإعلام العربية لتغطية فيروس كورونا، تطرح عدة تساؤلات مهمة منها: هل التغطية الإعلامية عموماً موضوعية أم متحيزة؟ وهل وسائل الإعلام الاجتماعية تقوم بدورها المسؤول في نقل الحقائق بدقة وموضوعية تجاه فيروس كورونا؟ وهل قام الإعلام العلمي العربي بدوره المطلوب تجاه أزمة كورونا؟”

“The response of the Arab media to cover the Corona virus raises several important questions, including: Is the media coverage generally objective or biased? Are social media playing their responsible role in conveying accurate and objective facts about the Corona virus? Did the Arab scientific media play the required role inthe Corona crisis?”

“عبّرت منظمة “مراسلون بلا حدود” عن قلقها إزاء استغلال حكومات الشرق الأوسط جائحة كورونا المستجد لتعزيز الرقابة الحكومية وإعادة تأكيد احتكارها لنشر الأخبار والمعلومات.”

“Reporters Without Borders has expressed concern about Middle Eastern governments using the new Corona pandemic to strengthen government censorship and reassert their monopoly to spread news and information.”



“The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has served to highlight the serious deficiencies of the Moroccan press.”

“Print journalism was already in a deep structural crisis, and without proper digital transformation and financial support, this epidemic may bring traditional newspapers, as we know them, to a collapse.”


“Ensuring that reliable information about the situation reaches the public has been a severe test both for officials and journalists. In terms of public communication, the Ministry of Health soon emerged as the go-to source for the media.”

“As Covid-19 is giving life to false information and conspiracy theories in Tunisia, independent media platform Nawaat is seeing a growth in the number of readers engaging with accountability journalism to counter fake news on social media.”


“The media in Egypt – both government-owned and privately owned outlets – have been paying keen attention to the outbreak of Covid-19 caused by the coronavirus. Until last week coverage was mostly focused on events in Europe, but with the increase of cases in Egypt there is now much more of a domestic focus.”

“Egypt revokes Guardian journalist’s credentials and censures Times reporter for sharing ‘incorrect data'”

“According to Arab Observatory for Media Freedom, Coronavirus leads to violations of media freedoms in Egypt”

“Reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic has become increasingly difficult in Egypt, a country that has criminalized spreading “false news” about the disease and where officials have accused journalists of “spreading panic.””

“Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the Egyptian authorities to be more transparent about their grounds for blocking websites in recent weeks that allegedly spread “false information” about the coronavirus crisis.”

“The country’s real tally of infections is five times higher than data announced by the country’s Health Ministry, while the actual number of deaths is 10 times higher than official figures, according to the higher education and scientific research minister”


“Prime Minister Omar Razzaz said that the law would be exercised “at a minimal level” and that the right of expression was guaranteed. However, he added that the government would deal “firmly” with the issue of “spreading rumours and false news”.”

“Under April 15,2020 decree, sharing news that would “cause Panic” about the pandemic in media or online can carry a penalty of up to three years in prison”

“As the only podcast covering the Coronavirus in the Middle East and North Africa, Sowt goes behind the official numbers and shines light on the people who are most affected by the current crisis.”

“Daoud Kuttab, vice chair of the Executive Board of the IPI and the director-general of the Community Media Network (CMN) in Amman, Jordan wrote about the coronavirus coverage of media in Jordan – the printing of newspapers has been stopped and most media outlets have been unable to carry out their work. Filling the information gap has been done by state-run television and a daily briefing of Minister of Media Affairs Amjad Adalileh and Health Minister Saad Jaber.”

“Media professionals said that Jordan’s already-ailing media sector now faces deeper challenges, especially financial, in light of the coronavirus crisis.”

“The Jordan Media Institute (JMI), in collaboration with the Agence Francaise de Cooperation Medias, held a Webinar on Sunday entitled “Journalism Post-COVID-19: Freedoms and Restrictions,” in which human rights and media professionals discussed the experiences of the press during the coronavirus crisis and their expectations of its aftermath.”

” إن القيود التي فرضت على حرية التعبير خلال الأزمة غير مبررة، و بعض التدابير التي فرضتها الحكومة للتعامل مع الأزمة لم تستند الى أدلة علمية وفرضت قيوداً على الصحافيين.”

“The restrictions imposed on freedom of expression during the crisis are unjustified, and some of the measures imposed by the government to deal with the crisis were not based on scientific evidence and imposed restrictions on journalists.”

“قال وزير الدولة لشؤون الاعلام، إن الإعلاميات الأردنيات قدمن خلال جائحة كورونا إضافة مهمة على المشهد الإعلامي الأردني، من حيث إعداد المحتوى والمساهمة في توجيه الرسائل الإعلامية للاستجابة لتداعيات الوباء الاقتصادية والاجتماعية.”

“Minister of State for Media Affairs said that during the Corona pandemic, women Jordanian journalists made an important addition to the Jordanian media scene, in terms of preparing content and contributing to directing media messages to respond to the economic and social repercussions of the pandemic.”


“Serious security vulnerabilities in Qatar’s mandatory coronavirus contact-tracing app, uncovered by Amnesty International, must act as a wake-up call to other governments to ensure privacy safeguards are central to the roll-out of similar apps.”



“Global health experts warn misinformation as dangerous as pandemic as Iraqi media claims coronavirus treatment found.”

“Iraq has suspended the license of the Reuters news agency after it published a story saying the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country was higher than officially reported.”

“Demand for independent media grows in Iraq as Covid-19 wakes people up to the need for impartial information. Activists see the crisis as a chance to boost transparency legislation.”


“The Coronavirus epidemic has not spared the media sector in Algeria. The media landscape, consisting mainly of the paper press, could be transformed by this health crisis. A change that requires real awareness of professionals, publishers, and public authorities.”

“Instead of combatting the spread of Covid-19 in what is North Africa worst hit country, the Algerian authorities are exploiting the pandemic to harass independent journalists and media and to gag press freedom.”


“Lebanon’s highly partisan legacy media temporarily set aside their usual politicised approach and instead focused on the common goal of raising public awareness of the seriousness of the health emergency.”

“In the middle of the coronavirus crisis, Lebanese media Daraj are seeing a growing demand for solution-oriented journalism.”


“Local media and media organisations have used the pandemic to firmly establish the importance of independent, inclusive reporting and push critical, fact-based coverage to new levels.”

“على الرغم من تطور وسائل الاتصالات وانتشار الفضائيات واشتداد التنافس بين وسائل الاعلام المختلفة، إلا أن موضوع الإعلام والأزمات عند الإعلاميين الفلسطينيين لم يرق بعد إلى المستوى المطلوب، حيث ما زال رجال الإعلام يتجاهلون بأن مهنتهم هي ركن أساسي من أركان مواجهة الأزمات واحتوائها”

“Despite the development of the means of communication, the spread of satellite channels, and the intensification of competition between various media, the The dynamic of media in a situation of crisis among the Palestinian media has not yet reached the required level, as journalists continue to ignore that their profession is a fundamental pillar of crisis response and containment.”

“لحسن الحظ أن الإعلام الرسمي الفلسطيني التزم مواقف وزارة الصحة الفلسطينية التي اعتمدت تعليمات منظمة الصحة العالمية إلى حد كبير، وهذا جَنَّبَ الإعلام الرسمي الذي كان حاضراً باعتباره مصدراً للمعلومة والرواية الفلسطينية، الوقوع في براثن الشائعات والمعلومات المضللة بشأن فيروس كوفيد 19. ومن جهة أُخرى، تسللت الإشاعات والمعلومات الخطأ إلى المواطنين عبر وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي وبعض مراكز المعلومات التي تداولت الشائعات كأخبار دون أن تعالجها من خلال ذوي الاختصاص في الجهاز الصحي، فانعكس التداول سلباً على الرأي العام.”

“Fortunately, the Palestinian official media adhered to the positions of the Palestinian Ministry of Health, which largely adopted the instructions of the World Health Organization, and this prevented the official media that was present as a source of Palestinian information and narration, from falling into the clutches of rumors and misinformation about the Covid 19. On the other hand, rumors and false information spread through social media and some information centers that circulated rumors as news without being dealt with by specialists in the health system, and this negatively affected public opinion.”

” كشفت أزمة الكورونا فيروس أغلب المشاكل التي يعاني منها الإعلام الفلسطيني والحاصل أنّ الإعلام الفلسطيني لا يقوم بدوره من تفسير واستقصاء وتحرّي، وغير قادر على إنتاج صحافة الجودة.”

“The Coronavirus crisis revealed most of the problems that the Palestinian media suffers from, and the conclusion is that the Palestinian media does not carry out its role of interpretation, investigation and investigation, and it is unable to produce quality journalism.”


“The Syrian regime’s government has pushed for action against the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), with the help of official and affiliated pro-regime media outlets’ coverage.”

“In North Eastern Syria, local authorities were not prepared for the coronavirus crisis. As a result, local media ARTA FM made it their mission to inform their listeners on how to stay safe and help to flatten the curve.”



“EJO German staff writers look at the coverage of the coronavirus crisis by public service broadcasters and local media, and consider the impact of the economic fallout on the journalistic profession.”

“Czechs seeking reliable information about the pandemic have been turning to trusted news brands, with the result that the public broadcaster and other quality media outlets have enjoyed something of a “corona bump”. In the long term, however, the economic downturn triggered by the crisis means that media in general face an uncertain future.”

“Restrictions on individual freedoms have placed some limits on the ability of Dutch journalists to perform their watchdog role. Government officials have become less accessible, which has made shining a light on affairs of state and engaging in critical journalism a greater challenge than it was in the past.”

“In Romania, the imposition of a state of emergency brought with it measures limiting freedom of speech and free access to information: practices such as content take-down, the blocking of online publications, criminal complaints and threats of legal action were used to intimidate the press. It remains to be seen whether these practices were just a one-off or if they will set a precedent.”

Studies and Journals

Studies and Journals