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Moral Panic and Othering Practices during Nepal’s COVID19 Pandemic.

Regmi, P., Dhakal Adhikari, S., Aryal, N., van Teijlingen, E., Wasti, S. P. and Sharma, S., 2021. Moral Panic and Othering Practices during Nepal’s COVID19 Pandemic. In: 10th Annual Kathmandu Conference on Nepal & the Himalaya, 28-30 July 2021, Kathmandu, Nepal.

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The pandemic has highlighted several cases of so-called ‘fake news’ across the globe and its repercussions for marginalised groups such as migrants. Mainstream mass media in Nepal have frequently reported on probable risk of COVID-19 from the arrival of thousands of returning migrant workers from India. Nepali media, including social media such as Facebook and YouTube most likely contributed to a moral panic and promoted negative public perceptions against migrant and other vulnerable communities as possible virus carriers and spreaders. Therefore, we aimed to explore: a) the contents of: (i) YouTube on mis/disinformation relating to vulnerable and marginalised groups for COVID-19 crisis in Nepal; and (ii) mainstream media (three widely circulated newspapers and the top three online news portals) regarding activities/incidents leading to repercussions on these groups; b) how migrants perceive/understand these rumours, their coping strategies, and how they build resilience against mis/disinformation during COVID-19 crisis; c) the impact of COVID-19 rumours (e.g. on health, social, psychological, livelihood) and societal response (e.g. border closures, isolation).

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:35919
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:25 Oct 2021 14:29
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:29


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