While there is much coverage of the build up and the security against protestors, and even a high level overview of what
will be discussed as well as moving reporting on the plight of many people in Africa, oftentimes crucial and important details
and historical context are severely lacking.
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Portraying G8 Leaders as Saviors
Typically, mainstream media coverage on issues such as debt relief, seems to result in the same main question: will it
help when so many of the recipients are corrupt and are going to embezzle the money away? While it sounds like criticism of
the establishment and has the appearance of debate, this question reveals a number of problems:
- The G8 leaders are indirectly portrayed as “saviors” (for they have hardly ever been criticized by the mainstream
media themselves in terms of, for example, how
- And never is it mentioned that many of the countries in severe debt have odious debt because
- By pointing to legitimately worrying examples such as Zimbabwe, it creates the appearance that most countries have such
problems. Yet a great number of African countries are actually not as corrupt as such stereotypes would like us to believe.
(Needless to say, corruption in rich countries is hardly covered by comparison, or at least not described in the same way,
so again perceptions are different.)
- The type of aid is hardly discussed, which is historically used by the donors to further their own foreign policies, rather than necessarily
benefit the recipients.