February 9th, 2010

Are these peace keepers or bloody mass murderous? U might find the scenes gravely disturbing

Nigerian police and military units carried out extrajudicial killings last year in the aftermath of clashes with members of a Muslim group in the north of the country, footage obtained by Al Jazeera appears to confirm.

An estimated 1,000 people were killed as Nigerian government forces fought Boko Haram in Borno, Yobe, Kano and Bauchi states in July and August of 2009.

But the footage obtained by Al Jazeera shows that many of the deaths occurred once the fighting was over.

Elements of the police and army staged a follow-up operation in which house-to-house searches were conducted and individuals were apparently selected at random and taken to a police station.

See link to video clip: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2010/02/2010298114949112.html

Western media reporting on Africa rooted in colonial times

THE other day I got a call from a student of media studies at Ryerson University in Toronto. She wanted to know my opinion on how Western media cover Africa. What bias do I see in the way Africa is written and reported about in the Canadian media, for example, she asked.

Does what is reported always accurately portray the situation on the ground? She wanted to know.

Well, I told her, the premise of Western media reporting is still rooted in colonial Africa. That was when the likes of colonial adventurers like John Hannington Speke, David Livingstone, Sir Samuel Baker, and others wrote of their encounters with deep and dark Africa.

The exotic African natives were the sources of hundreds of stories with which to regale the folks back home. Then, Africa was the place where, when you really wanted to show how courageous you were, you made a voyage to, and then you wrote about your trip, how dangerous it was, and how you almost got killed by savage natives and wild game.

Read on: http://www.newvision.co.ug/D/8/20/709576