Ever since the Coronavirus outbreak, there have been questions regarding how much authorities are considering freedom in general in these exceptional circumstances. In this episode, we ask: Do the main principles of transparency go hand in hand with the states of emergency announced by many governments? And is this outbreak adding extra layers of restrictions to the freedom of press and access to information?
We also take a look at Kuwait, which is considered progressive in comparison with other countries in the region in terms of freedom of press, and we ask about the challenges facing journalists there and the transparency of the government.
In this episode we talk to Fadi Al-Qadi, who is a Middle East and North Africa civil society and human rights advocate, as well as Shaikha AlBhawed, Manshoor's Editor in Chief.
This episode was hosted and edited by Abir Kobty, prepared and researched by Rawan Nakhleh, written by Mahmoud Khawaja and sound audio production is by Tayseer Kabbani. Ramsey Tesdell is the executive producer of Almostajad.
This episode was produced with support from Pulitzer Center.