Latin American countries are exposed to natural disasters that can lead to catastrophic situations; earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, torrential rains and floods are just a few examples of the type of hazards that caused unmeasurable damages to the region.
The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa infected more than 28,000 people and claimed more than 11,000 lives. As Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia grapple with the challenges of the post-Ebola period, there’s no shortage of analysis on the operational issues and systemic flaws that shaped both the epidemic and the response. But what can we learn about how local media performed in providing accurate, timely information to the public, to health care workers, and to those setting policy at the local and national level?
This article was written by Amanda Watson and Dan Jorgensen and originally published at The Interpreter on 29 July, 2015. Republished with permission.