Dream FM tackles the coronavirus in Tunisia

June 18, 2020

Dream FM, a community radio station that broadcasts throughout the Governorate of Kairouan and its surroundings, has been playing a full and active role as a local media outlet since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis.

Since 15 March 2020, the Dream FM team, composed of 10 journalists and technicians and 14 correspondents in several municipalities throughout the Governorate of Kairouan, has produced and multicast content related to the health situation in order to ensure inhabitants have the necessary information on the development of the epidemic and to relay instructions for staying safe from the virus.

As part of the Ama Baad project, the aim of which is to promote quality media coverage during the crisis caused by the coronavirus in Arabic-speaking countries, CFI has decided to support the production of content specifically for the radio.

On 8 May 2020, the premises of the radio station Dream FM were burgled and some equipment was stolen. The station's team decided to continue producing content using smartphones.




To date, the Dream FM team has produced and multicast:

-38 broadcasts featuring interviews with representatives of regional and local authorities and municipal representatives to answer citizens' questions on measures implemented to combat the spread of the virus and to provide practical information;
-21 interviews with representatives of local associations;
-10 interviews with health specialists;
-10 public awareness campaign clips to encourage citizens to follow the health instructions to prevent the spread of the virus.

In 2019, as part of the Hiwar Tounsi project, CFI supported Dream FM's editorial project for the coverage of the legislative elections in the Governorate of Kairouan.