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PostSubject: Africa And also the Global Media Imbalance.   Tue Oct 11, 2011 1:48 pm

The actual developing world, Africa particularly has always argued contrary to the imbalances and injustices while in the coverage of their affairs from the western media. Such coverage is not only paternalistic but most circumstances grossly unfair, and serves and then sustain the imperialistic interests with the developed world.
Such imbalanced, negative and biased reporting is bound to continue because of typically the concentration of global media channels networks and resources inside the west.
It is indeed gloomy that 26 years following on from the UNESCO sponsored McBride Compensation and Report, the recommendations are yet to become fully implemented; the main of which is typically the suggestion for ‘ the progressive implementation of national and international measures which will foster the setting up on the new world information in addition to communication order’.
If anything at all, the information divide involving the developed and developing countries has widened further especially in this digital age which can be being driven by globalization not to mention technology. Africa and the rest of the developing world have found themselves again lagging right behind the west.
However, a little goodwill and responsibility on the part of the western media is really needed currently to prevent the extended psychological scares and damages or injuries, leading sometimes to feelings of inferiority complex on the part of the African as a direct result of continued sensationalisation and criminalization with everything African.
Not all of Africans are criminals, rapists as well as savages. Also, there are many good stuff about Africa. Not all Africans are now living in slums; neither do all of them scavenge rubbish heaps designed for food. Africa has also produced intellectuals and academics which will stand their own in the western world. Agreed the continent however faces peculiar challenges, but so does the rest of the developed world.
A situation where little efforts on the part of African governments and their people to take control of their destiny are as well unreported, misreported, under-reported or acknowledged with cynicism through the western media is unacceptable, and does not indicate respect for your continent, neither does the item reflect the ideals of partnership, a concept that Western leaders are already touting lately.
But why do the particular western media still thrive on the culture of negative together with biased reporting of Photography equipment and her people?
It could be due to the need to develop ratings, which can only be achieved by satisfying the ordinary voyeuristic tastes and expectations of your western media audience, whose colonial views of Africa since the backward and dark continent has to be reinforced and sustained.
Additionally, it could be due to the immoral culture and acceptance from the western media that ‘ poor news sells’, and thus news about hunger during Sudan depicting dying little children, or about savagery in Rwanda has to be sought and reported go ahead and, even if at the sacrifice and expense of your developmental needs of a African, as well since their national interests.
Once again, the McBride Report was published at any given time when global media concentration is at the hands of nationalized governments and their companies, the understanding must are already that these governments would prevail within the media networks through aimed policies to encourage a fresh world information and connecting order. Because the report is certainly advisory in nature in addition to relied on goodwill from your stakeholders without any what is powers to enforce sanctions, it had remained merely what it's – a report in addition to doesn’ t seem to own made much impact, despite the efforts by Africans to setup the Pan African Announcement Agency (PANA), billed since the voice of Africa for the world and representing this African perspective, not much could be thought to have been achieved and contains been business as usual from the time of.
Finally, the greater concentration in global media networks inside the west, i. e. CNN, BBC, FOX, Reuters, AFP etc, coupled with the accessibility to material and human solutions have meant that western media can come up first when using the news, as against African media networks for example NTA, SABC, PANA, NAN, AIT etc who're still bogged by dearth of resources, and therefore can't cope in the modern world news race, thus limiting their chances of covering the african continent positively. It is so that Africans have had to count on the western media meant for news coverage of occasions happenings right under their own noses, or in their back yards. The western media can deploy resources even for the remotest regions, they are able to afford to since they have both the resources and personnel. Not the same can be said in African media networks.
Africans can also be guilty of helping to help you perpetuate this neo-colonialism, traditional western journalists and writers in addition to their chauvinistic views happen to be culled, easily celebrated plus given media spaces during African media channels, not minding how the situation reversed becomes just like the proverbial camel passing in the eye of the hook for African writers and journalists being published in the traditional western media, with the exception on the few African writers and journalists who keep up with the western status quo, not willing to rock the motorboat.
Few incidents reported recently in the uk (UK) media drives home this time. The Tony Blair government may be embroiled in a campaign for political survival since their battering along at the last local government elections with May 2006.
The Blair government is looking for sacrificial lambs every where to make up for the government’ s ineptitude in certain areas, and also to meet the interests of typically the media. It appears they have zeroed in on Africans and other immigrants in great britain. The British media have now successfully created the impression inside the minds of the increasing nationalistic UK citizens, which immigrants are evil in addition to criminal. Matters were also not helped by the truth that over a thousand threatening criminals were mistakenly launched, some of whom allegedly were supposed to be deported but weren’ t due to a Home Office error.
Newspapers such as the Evening Standard went along to town recently with your screaming headline announcing of which 5 Nigerian illegal immigrants were caught working in the house office. A further analysis actually showed the immigrants in question functioned as cleaners under plan by another firm.
Such biased headlines actually undermine the importance of immigrants in a large number of western economies. Considering the lower wages paid to workers while in the cleaning and related markets, it remains to be observed if citizens of these countries would say yes to work such menial jobs on the ludicrous wages the immigrants are acquired their services.
It appears Nigeria at this time represents everything evil in eyes with the western media as there're quick to give facade page coverage with yelling headlines to matters in regards towards the country. Take the event of Dr Richard Akinrolabu, the senior house officer with St Richard's Hospital, Chichester who was arrested by his lover in addition to colleague of attempting to carry out illegal abortion procedures on her behalf. The doctor was named and shamed right in front page headlines which were written like ‘ Nigerian Doctor … ’ Their accuser, the white woman didn't suffer the same experience. In the end, the situation was thrown out yet not after the huge embarrassment for the doctor and his bloke country men. You would expect the media to also contract the not-guilty verdict the identical headlines and coverage however did not.
Another example of eu media misreporting of The african continent and Africans could be seen regarding Guy Koma, who mistakenly became an interview guest about the BBC News 24 process. Due to a reserving mix-up, Mr Koma who had gone to the BBC centre for your job interview was mistaken for your scheduled guest (Guy Kewney) but managed to ‘ talk’ his way with the session although he had no clue of your interview theme. The UK media revelled in the story due to the human interest angle however , wrongly identified Mr Koma to be a taxi driver. Not that there is anything wrong with like a taxi driver but typically the media’ s judgment could only are already influenced by their age-old prejudices regarding the type of jobs Cameras immigrants do. It has since been confirmed that Mr Koma was actually attending a task interview in the THIS department of BBC during the time of the mix-up. There were no follow-up experiences on whether he got the work, not that Mr Koma would most likely mind anyway because he's since signed a lucrative movie handle an American production company covering the incident, and is billed to play himself inside the movie.
African governments and Africans with resources should try to build their own newspaper and tv networks to combat the imbalances while in the global media landscape, while also eploiting the present channels in the developed countries where most of them presently reside to convey to their stories.
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