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Friday, May 20, 2005

US Media Coverage of Ethiopia's Election is Unbalanced

Some comments about the lack of press the Ethiopian elections has received in the US...


Tuesday, May 17, 2005
A quick scan of the web sites of three major internationally recognized newspapers – the New York Times, The London Times, and the Anchorage Daily News, reveals no coverage of the peaceful elections held here yesterday, confirming the argument that newspapers and their readers are generally interested in Africa only when there’s a war, famine, an Ebola outbreak in the Congo, or a human interest piece on Nelson Mandela...
Addis Ababa Rocking Fun Zone Posted by Kenneth D @ 6:09 PM


US Media and Government Reaction to Our Elections
I cannot believe the attitude (or I should say the silence) of the US media and government about the historic elections that happened in our country last weekend. I am upset because they act like they are the advocates of freedom and democracy but they refuse to show it prevail unless it is happening in an oil producing country...
ethioindex Posted: Thu May 19, 2005 4:52 am


Western Media
Western media is hungry for misery in Africa. I've been watching the progression of news development in Africa and their lack of interest in Ethiopia is disturbing. New York Times is yet to acknowledge that any elections are happening in Ethiopia at all. BBC finally put the statement from the ruling party claiming that they've a landslide victory on the front of their Africa news page. The whole of yesterday they had some horrid news about some gunmen and government officials being taken to court. On CNN you have to dig in some 10 pages before you find anything on Ethiopia.

Look, I understand. It could be that Ethiopia is a useless country, as far as the needs of the West are concerned. But again, considering it has the 3rd highest population in Africa, and is the core of stability in Eastern Africa, one would think that these so called journalists would show face to throw in a few miserly comments...
Tobian ThinkTank Posted @ 6:57 AM Tuesday, May 17, 2005

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