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Old 07-28-2012, 12:40 AM
 
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Default Journalist Struggles In Nigeria/Africa

This interview is about Nigeria but I'am assuming much of what he says can be applied to other African countries as far as the problems journalist face.




Interview with Omoyele Sowore - Chapter I. The Journalism Situation in Nigeria - YouTube
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Old 07-28-2012, 09:45 AM
 
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I think what's important about this topic is that it affects development. Can any African country develop without having a free independent news media? This is how corruption can be exposed and how foriegn aid can be effectively monitored etc. No wonder corrupt leaders seem to want to control the press when taking power.


This one is on the situation in Ethiopia. It's a little longer so check it out when you have some spare time:



Mohammed Ademo on SaharaTV, Karen Attiah - YouTube
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Old 07-28-2012, 10:18 AM
 
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I think what's important about this topic is that it affects development. Can any African country develop without having a free independent news media? This is how corruption can be exposed and how foriegn aid can be effectively monitored etc. No wonder corrupt leaders seem to want to control the press when taking power.


This one is on the situation in Ethiopia. It's a little longer so check it out when you have some spare time:



Mohammed Ademo on SaharaTV, Karen Attiah - YouTube
Apparently the problem is with Africans themselves. If you bring up this subject then you are just an outsider imperialist that doesn't understand the local customs. People get the government they deserve.
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Old 07-28-2012, 11:29 AM
 
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Apparently the problem is with Africans themselves.
Could you be more specific? Which Africans does what you're saying apply to?
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Old 07-28-2012, 03:05 PM
 
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I think you are overestimating freedom of the press as a catalyst to development. Kenya had a wonderfully free press, even by American standards, from independence right up to fairly recently, and Kenya didn't really develop all that well, and if its development was better than average, it wasn't necessarily because of the free press. By contrast, Jordan (not in Africa, of course), had a fairly rigidly controlled press under a Saudi-family monarchy, which didn't impede their development as by far the most liberalized nation in the Middle East.

One could argue that in a nation where liberty and freedom are not yet articles of faith for the citizenry, a free press might actually get in the way of a developmental strategy that might be very effective, even though not necessarily popular.
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Old 07-28-2012, 04:45 PM
 
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I think you are overestimating freedom of the press as a catalyst to development. Kenya had a wonderfully free press, even by American standards...
Then what's your opinion of this?

allAfrica.com: Kenya: Why We Journalists Must Fight Corruption


Free Press Watch Archive - Global Journalist



If journalist don't do it then how will corruption be exposed and then stopped? Corruption is a big reason why African countries are poor.

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Old 07-28-2012, 09:55 PM
 
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Everybody already knows that most African countries are corrupt, and it will enlighten nobody to have reports of corruption aired by the press. It will simply divert the attention of the government to its opposition and more rigorous efforts to oppose it and arm itself against opposition. If corruption is ever successfully combated, it will be through an underground press (which alrleady exists), not a liberalized one that the corrupt government manipulates with some window-dressing of the appearance of a free press.

Opinion pieces like these are not directed at combating corruption, but at the self-serving goal of a free press, which is the profession of those who pen the criticisms. Obviously, a journalist is most likely to point to his own self-iimportance in the order of things.

The USA is an example of a nation with a somewhat free press, in which the public has no interest at all in reportage of corruption, to the point that it is nearly impossible to find any genuine investigative reporting in the daily media in the USA. Furthermore, the US press is heavily monopolized by corporate interests, who tolerate little dissent among their paid hacks. Strongarm threats are unnecessary, against the threat of withdrawing employee health insurance.

In fact, according to Reporters Without Borders there are eight countries in Africa that rank higher than the USA in press freedom. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worldwi..._Freedom_Index They are Namibia, Mali, Niger, Tanzania, Ghana, South Africa, Botswana, Comoros.

Even Nigeria ranks higher than India, Israel, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines and Mexico.

This report has its detractors and criticisms, which I acknowledge. But the point is, the conventional perception that literate countries have more press freedom than developing ones is far from a slam dunk, and in terms of press freedom, Africa is not necessarily the darkest continent.

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Old 07-29-2012, 12:46 AM
 
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Some of you simple minded people want to judge Africa based on things you have no clue about. Anyone can watch youtube and think they have it all figured out, but reality is a different story. Who puts these people in power? What happens when people vote people they want, but the people they want may not have the best interest of outside forces in mind? What happens to them? Anyone can babble on and on about what africa is or isn't. But unless you have all the facts and the ability to mentally digest those facts and make sense of them, your opinion means little.
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Old 07-29-2012, 01:10 AM
 
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Press freedoms has been a big issue in South Africa.


New South African Press Law 'More Harmful than Apartheid-Era Censorship' | Center for International Media Assistance
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Old 07-29-2012, 11:38 AM
 
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Could you be more specific? Which Africans does what you're saying apply to?
Too many. There is another thread on this board about Addis Ababa and someone asked why there wasn't more interest and investment in Ethiopia. I brought up the fact that the current governments authoritarian restrictions were not good for business, but was quickly rebuked by someone claiming that it was all American lies. If people in many parts of Africa continue to view the west as the enemy and refuse to admit many of their current problems are home grown then they will never see any improvement. Countries like Nigeria, DRC, and many others in central Africa could be booming and lead the way in to the next century, yet they continue to flounder in corruption, in-fighting, and overall mismanagement.
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