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Media Bias Towards African Nations

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 21, 2012

The mainstream media’s negative portrayals of Africa, the level of its bias is mind-blowing. Do some ‘developed’ societies manufacture hypocrisy, double-standard and cynicism? Or may be evil individuals sit behind some organizations and mainstream media outlets? How long must people go on being bombarded with anti-Africa media reports of crime, disaster, war, conflict, corruption, scandal, anything dark and sensational enough to generate a headline? Even enviromental and humanrights terrorists do seem to care more on the fate of Africans than the BP Gulf oil-spill victims. Along with the ICC, the quality of their focus on Africa is simply exaggerated, biased and stereotypically ridiculous.

Two antagonistic tones of reporting on one subject, from the very same network. Bias is reflected in the composition of the headlines.

CNN, broadcasted the following two reports almost simultaneously.

Let’s look at the two cases:

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The Georgian Case:

Georgia’s High Hopes For Hydropower – EYE ON [Georgia] – CNN June 2012

“Georgia is updating its old Soviet-era dams with the aim of being an energy exporter.”

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The Ethiopian Case:

Ethiopia Powers On With Controversial Dam Project

“The International Monetary Fund, though, is ringing alarm bells. Given this region’s history of drought, the IMF is recommending that governments avoid dependency on hydropower as an engine of growth.”

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One Response to “Media Bias Towards African Nations”

  1. Joseph Biddulph (Pontypridd, Cymru. Proud member of St Dyfrig's Catholic Parish) said

    Absolutely! The wise reader would be well-advised to spot further examples of this insidious bias. Ethiopia of course is expected to provide a naturalist’s paradise and a quaint “Old Testament” peasant culture for the delectation of rich Westerners
    who have already standardised the rest of the planet. Compare R.S.Thomas’s poems about rural Wales “Is it supposed to be a museum? Or do people with real needs live in it?” Mind you, I am told by a former resident that Georgia doesn’t get fair media coverage either!

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