COVID-19 : DISPEL MYTHS & FAKE NEWS- FARM RADIO INTERNATIONAL

By: Jerry Akornor/www.africanakua.com, Ghana

A non-governmental Organisation, Farm Radio International, has urged media practitioners to dispel myths, stop misinformation and fake news that create fear and panic as the government fashions out strategies to battle the coronavirus pandemic.

Ghana’s confirmed coronavirus cases rose from 68 to 132, over a 100% jump within 24 hours by 26th March, 2020. According to the Country Director of Farm Radio International, Benjamin Fiafor, accurate reportage by the media is crucial to ensuring that Ghanaians stay calm in the period of emergency and undertake appropriate action to respond in the community of nations.

Speaking to Africa Nakua‘s Jerry Akornor on Wednesday 26th March, 2020 in Accra, Benjamin Fiafor said “As countries around the world take action in response to COVID-19, good reporting practices are important to dispel myths, stop misinformation, and address fake news. Good reporting practices are also important to ensure that people stay calm in a time of emergency and take appropriate action to respond”.

As at 25th March, 2020, latest reports from the World Health Organisation (WHO) shows a total of 372 757  confirmed coronavirus cases and 16 231 deaths globally.

Ghana is currently in a collective fasting mood, seeking God’s divine intervention coupled with practical measures to overcome Covid-19.

In view of the above, Country Director of Farm Radio International Benjamin Fiafor wants producers of radio programmes in Ghana to understand the different stages of an emergency and the programming required at each stage to complement national effort to stop the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

He told Africa Nakua:

“Be in regular contact with the right people in organizations that can provide you with the information you need to broadcast. Stay in touch with local health officials”.

Below is the latest Farm Radio International’s guideline for radio planning and producing effective emergency programming: COVID-19

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