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Media Roundtable: The Attack On A Maternity Ward In Kabul & Data Journalism During COVID-19

Gunmen attack Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan

  On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we're discussing the COVID-19 outbreak in Afghanistan and the devastating attack on a Kabul maternity ward run by Doctors Without Borders. Terrorists killed at least 24 people, including newborns, mothers, and nurses.

Later in the show, new information and studies are constantly coming out about COVID-19. We’ll discuss the best way to identify reliable information about the virus, how journalists are reading the data, and how misinformation spreads on social media.


Ali Latifi, freelance journalist based in Kabul

Sinduja Rangarajan, senior data journalist at Mother Jones

Jackie Flynn Mogensen, assistant editor at Mother Jones

Web Resources:

Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation : Can Afghanistan win its latest battle, COVID-19?

The New York Times: Clinic Bombed as Afghan Forces Fend Off Taliban Attack on Kunduz

Time: ‘They Came to Kill the Mothers.’ After a Devastating Attack on a Kabul Maternity Ward, Afghan Women Face Increased Dangers

Mother Jones: COVID-19 Has Infected and Killed Black People At Alarming Rates. This Data Proves It.

Mother Jones: Suffering From Coronavirus Data Overload? Here’s the Cure.

Mother Jones: Science Has an Ugly, Complicated Dark Side. And the Coronavirus Is Bringing It Out.



Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.