COVID-19, Racism and Politicization: Media in the Midst of a Pandemic
This book explores the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the role of national and international media and governments in the initial coverage of the developing crisis. With specific chapters written mostly by scholars based in these countries, it examines how the media in India, China, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Taiwan, Bangladesh, New Zealand and the USA responded to this pandemic. The volume particularly addresses their role in both countering and spreading misinformation and in the politicization of the health crisis. The chapters highlight various issues specific to individual countries, such as racism, conspiracy theories, Sinophobia, stigmatization of victims, media bias, and othering.
The book will be a valuable resource for students and scholars in the areas of journalism, media, health, and communication studies, and will be of interest to journalists and crisis communication practitioners who wish to understand the multi-dimensional aspects of reporting on a novel and evolving pandemic threat.
Kalinga Seneviratne is a journalist, scholar, documentary maker and Lecturer of International Communication. He is a former Head of Research at the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre, Singapore. He holds a PhD in International Communications from Macquarie University, Australia, and has taught at the tertiary level in Australia, Thailand, India, Central Asia and Singapore. He is the author of Myth of Free Media and Fake News in the Post-Truth Era (2020).
Sundeep R. Muppidi is a Professor of Communication at the University of Hartford, USA. He holds a PhD in Mass Communication from Bowling Green State University, Ohio. His research interests are in emerging media, international communication, and communication for empowerment. He previously served as the Secretary-General of the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre, Singapore.
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