oa Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and Infection - The role of the media in disease outbreaks : editorial

Volume 24, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1015-8782
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1084



The media need to be recognised as critical partners in outbreak response and management. They, in turn, should recognise their responsibilities. Mistrust, sensational headlines, incorrect information, information taken out of context, agendas to find fault with health authorities, searching for the 'story behind the story' and very often a journalist's inexperience in the health arena all influence the sharing of information and its public value.

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