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Health Crises and Media Discourses in Sub-Saharan Africa


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  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

  • Discusses innovative ways in which media in fragile regimes are responding to health crises

  • Brings up gender, social justice, human rights violation, press regulation, corruption, & diaspora's information needs

  • Highlights concerns like misinformation, fake news, journalists’ safety, financial sustainability & viability issues

About this book

This is an open access book which brings together leading scholars and critical discourses on political, economic, legal, technological, socio-cultural and systemic changes and continuities intersecting media and health crises in Sub-Saharan Africa. The volume extensively discusses COVID-19 but it also covers other epidemics, such as malaria, HIV/AIDS as well as “silent” health crises such as mental health---simmering across the subcontinent. The chapters fill knowledge gaps, highlight innovations, unpack the complexities surrounding the media ecosystem in times of health crises. They explore, among other issues, the politics of public health communication; infodemics; existential threats to media viability; draconian legislations; threats to journalists/journalism; COVID-related entrepreneurship, marginalization, and more.

This is a timely resource for academics, advocacy groups, media practitioners and policy makers working on crises and media reporting, not just in Africa but anywhere in the global South.


  • Open Access
  • Health communication
  • COVID-19
  • Diasporic media
  • Political economy of the media
  • Pandemics and the media
  • Media gagging
  • Marginalization discourses
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Regulatory frameworks
  • Reporters Without Borders
  • Intimidation of journalists

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Journalism, Media and Communication, NLA University College, Kristiansand, Norway

    Carol Azungi Dralega

  • Department of Media and Communication, Uganda Christian University, Kampala, Uganda

    Angella Napakol

About the editors

Carol Azungi Dralega (PhD) is an Associate Professor and Head of Research at the Department of Journalism, Media and Communication, NLA University College in Norway. She teaches in the MA program in Global Journalism. Carol, who is originally from Uganda and a former journalist/editor with Uganda’s two leading media houses, holds an MPhil/PhD from the Media Studies Institute, University of Oslo. She is a researcher at the Nordic Center of Excellence (Uppsala University) as well as a member of the International Association for Media and Communication Research. Dralega is a founding member of the Global Journalism Community which launched in March 2021. Her research interests include; ICT/media and issues around journalism practice, policy, marginalization and social change.

Angella Napakol (PhD) is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Department of Communication, Uganda Christian University. She holds a PhD from the University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, an MS in Mass Communication from North Dakota State University, USA, and a BA in Social Sciences from Makerere University, Uganda. She teaches in both undergraduate and graduate communication and journalism programs at the Faculty of Journalism, Media and Communication. Her key research interests include: health communication; humanitarian, risk and crisis communication; social change communication and intercultural communication.   

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