7.3.11

Who's on first

A panel of journalists on France 24 elucidated a particular irritation I have been nursing as the situations in Libya and Cote D’Ivoire have been developing.

“The Ivory Coast seems to have fallen from the world’s eye.”

“The world shouldn’t think that if Libyans are killed it is more important than if black Africans are killed.”  

The media coverage of the two countries is obviously skewed towards events in Libya. Cote D’Ivoire has been treated as an afterthought, it is discussed when all the “news” is over.

One could argue that it is because Gaddaffi fall is such a momentous happening that it overshadows everything else. But as I would agree with the panellists, so much more attention is paid to events in the Arab world because of the historical marginalisation of African affairs.

There have been only murmurs and clearing of throats from the west and the UN. The African Union seems, unexpectedly, to be the loudest among those quietly – diplomatically – involving themselves in the unfolding civil war.

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