‘Think positive’: the initiative of the Belgian CSA in times of lockdown

posted on 30 March, 2020   (public)

Emphasising the best initiatives of the media and cultural industry to brighten up citizens’ daily life

Since 18 March 2020, Belgium, like many other European countries, experiences lockdown, a situation which might generate anxiety, stress and create difficulties in the daily life of citizens.

To help mitigate the psychological effects of lockdown, the CSA (the media regulatory authority of the French-speaking Community of Belgium) chose to adapt its communication and launched a dedicated area on its website, ‘Think positive’, proposing links to positive online initiatives from the cultural and audiovisual sector.

The CSA invites citizens to discover:

  • 'Fun initiatives from the media sector': an online mutual assistance platform created by a newspaper company / The launch of a platform providing live distance-learning courses with teachers / National and international partnerships between broadcasters / Radio broadcasting of the song ‘You’ll never Walk Alone’ by all radios in Europe / The support of the radio industry to the medical sector…
  • 'Quality journalism': links to sources how to identify and support quality journalism.
  • 'Cultural offers directly accessible from the living room': new unlimited content streaming offers / Accessibility of audiovisual content archives / Digitalisation and accessibility of museums' collection / Accessibility of free movies and audiobooks.
  • 'Special kids': TV channels providing live lectures from teachers / Age-appropriate content about COVID-19 on the thematic children channel.

Updated on a daily basis, the ‘Think positive’ repository aims to help citizens go through this special moment in a more positive way and to support and highlight the crucial work of the media and cultural industries in times of crisis.

Source: Website of the Belgian CSA