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International Media and Respect for Journalism Standards in Reporting Africa Crisis

Good day Dear PW VOF Sisters, as you all know, many of our leaders (Africans especially) say, the international media community (CNN, BBC, NY Time etc) is biased in reporting on Africa issues. For instance, in Zimbabwe 2008, just the time Zim was experience severe economic crisis and also a post-election violence, President Mugabe accused the ‘Western Media’ for propagating unfair information about the Cholera outbreak, while in 2010/ 2011 then President Gbagbo of Cote D’Ivoire made a statement condemning western media exaggeration in reporting on the 2010 post-elections violence etc.

Besides politicians condemnation to most western media, other civil society agencies have also condemned western medias' unfair and inaccurate information sharing about Africa.

But where I am confused is – almost all journalists and journalism institutions abide strongly to the fundamental values of good journalism: Accuracy, Impartiality and Fairness. This VOF training has even highlighted without comprise, to any form of unethical practices. And that truth is essential and central to any journalistic works. That the role of the media is to look for the truth, reports based on facts and evidence.

So, I wish to know to what extent is a news report seen to be accurate, faired and impartial drawing example from the aforementioned African cases (and many). Better still, any context of interest.

Thanks

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noreens's picture

Good question! I may be

Good question! I may be generalizing but my feeling is that not all publications are objective. I think that they have their own agendas which they try to meet, and in doing so, sway public opinion to by presenting stories using angles which suit their goals or their readers. Or they do not even publish certain stories because they do not fit their agenda. In some countries, the government is very much in control of the media also.

This is what I have noticed from contact with different publications. However, as I said, I may be generalizing. I think I am right about that -- but if not, let me know!!

Noreen

ikirimat's picture

I think this is so Noreens,

I think this is so Noreens, our leaders just don't want to see the truth, they are protecting their interests. But the media has done quite good. But just to say that what we think should make news, quite often does not, e.g. when an air craft of 200 passengers crashes in 3 years, it makes top headlines whereas when about 6,000 women die in one year in Uganda due to preventable causes of child birth, it goes unsaid in the media.

Reference is made on the video about Kony that has gone viral. Bad things are said about Uganda whereas there are so many good things happening in Uganda too. Did you know that Kony is the second Ugandan Face to appear in The TIMES magazine after Former President Idi Amin Dada (1971-1979); dictator and brutal killer??? .

So sometimes media houses do business to sell their products/publications.

Otherwise, that is my analysis

Grace Ikirimat

"It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success."


zoneziwoh's picture

wao!!! Kony and Time Mg

you dont mean it dear sister. Just hear the people; Kony and Big Daddy. Goodness! This is unbelievable.

True, I agree with you that often our leaders can be manipulative and are just trying to manage their reputation. And in order to do so, they discredit those sources which is capable to pull global attention.

Truely, we have much work so that women's issue be present on continental dialogue ( the table).

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

Blog: http://zofem.blogspot.com/

facebook: Zoneziwoh

twitter: @ZoFem

consolata's picture

RE: Media

Hallo Sis Grace,
I read your comments with a lot of pain. You have described what really a commercial media is. These happens almost to very country where news concerning women are not considered to be news worth.
This was the reason the Womans Hope Kenya was started. The need to highlight the news affecting the even the grass root women and girls.
Hope to make an impact to the women in our country.

We will keep on hammering till we see the success in what we are doing.

Consolata

ikirimat's picture

Keep hammering sister, one

Keep hammering sister, one day your efforts will pay off and be remembered. I like your courage. Together we can make a difference /change for women and our communities.

Goodluck

Grace Ikirimat

"It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success."


zoneziwoh's picture

Non-Stop hammering:Yes!

Yes dear sister, we keep up hammering. Your comment immediately reminded me on one the articles, I posted here on 'Women and the Media Force'
Just like what you said early, a plan crash with 200 politicians (ruling men) is news breaking but a rape scene of over 6000 women, abuse and violence on women goes uncover.
Thanks for bringing this issue up.

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

Blog: http://zofem.blogspot.com/

facebook: Zoneziwoh

twitter: @ZoFem

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