“Gabinete de Crise”

BRAZIL

Media crisis unit in Rio’s favelas


Three alternative media outlets – Papo Reto, Voz das Comunidades and Mulheres em Ação – joined forces to create a “Gabinete de Crise” (crisis unit) in Complexo do Alemão, a Rio de Janeiro district comprising several favelas. The aim is to facilitate informing favela residents about the spread of the virus and the preventive measures they should adopt, and to inform the rest of the country about the pandemic’s impact on the favelas, which for the most part have been abandoned by the authorities. There have been similar initiatives in other major Brazilian cities.