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Asymmetrical media coverage of the conflict in DR Congo

March 28, 2009

Further to my recent post about what influences media, this is a very good short programme on the Western media’s generally lazy reporting of the DR Congo conflict, and how rebel soldiers can exploit this.

(12 min)

In the News Divide, we turn our attention to a subject that has been eclipsed in recent weeks and months by the US presidential election and the global banking meltdown: the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Despite being branded as ‘Africa’s world war,’ a ‘humanitarian catastrophe’ and the human exodus of refugees that it has precipitated, the headlines in the Western media have been slow to emerge. We look at the disproportionate amount of airtime that General Laurent Nkunda and his band of rebels are enjoying thanks to their comparatively sophisticated public relations machine and how the media are largely buying into their narrative.

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