Key Quotes: The Stark Contrast in Reporting Epidemics in South Africa With Journalist Mia Malan

South Africa provides a stark comparison of the government’s reaction to two deadly epidemics—HIV/AIDS and COVID-19, Mia Malan, a veteran journalist who covered both outbreaks, said in an ICFJ webinar on Thursday.

In the case of HIV, government officials had an extremely hostile relationship with the news media, she said. Access to health department information was virtually nonexistent.

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