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Ecuadorian journalist Dayanna Monroy spoke to CPJ about covering the COVID-19 crisis in Guayaquil, the epicenter of Ecuador’s COVID-19 outbreak. Monroy – who visits the area’s hotspots nearly every day – discussed the challenges of reporting on COVID-19 in a country that lacks accurate official information about the virus.
CPJ also spoke with a journalist in Taiwan about dealing with misinformation in the country amid the outbreak, and with a lawyer in India about a recent Supreme Court directive making it compulsory for news outlets to carry the government’s official version of any pandemic news.
In the U.S., a student journalist in Florida spoke to CPJ about leading a student newspaper during the pandemic, and reporters in Seattle described covering COVID-19 as “relearning how to do their jobs.”
Journalism in the time of coronavirus
- A new Puerto Rico law threatens jail time for spreading “false information” about COVID-19
- The Indian Supreme Court last week ordered journalist Gautam Navlakha to surrender himself to the Session Court for arrest, which he fears due to health risks for prisoners during the pandemic
- Two journalists arrested in Jordan over coronavirus coverage
- Bolivia enacts decree criminalizing “disinformation” on COVID-19 outbreak
- Security forces recently harassed and attacked at least four journalists in Liberia for reporting on COVID-19
- Chechen leader threatens journalist Elena Milashina over COVID-19 reporting
- CPJ calls on the UN and the European External Action Service to press for the release of imprisoned journalists amid COVID-19
- Chinese journalist Li Zehua missing in Wuhan since late February
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