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    From Africanising the Crash to Ethiopianising the problem – The media representation of the ET302 crash is symptomatic of a wider problem

From Africanising the Crash to Ethiopianising the problem – The media representation of the ET302 crash is symptomatic of a wider problem

Former journalist, communications specialist and current LSE MSc student Behailu Shiferaw Mihirete looks at the media coverage of the recent Ethiopian Airlines’ plane crash. 

On Sunday, 10 March 2019, Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed on a regular flight bound to Nairobi only six minutes after taking off. All 157 people aboard Flight ET302 died in the accident.

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    Dear journalists, we want to be more honest with you. For starters, don’t call us charities (guest blog)

Dear journalists, we want to be more honest with you. For starters, don’t call us charities (guest blog)

Simon O’Connell, Executive Director of Mercy Corps makes the case for a new relationship between NGOs and the media, one which starts by acknowledging the complexity of their work. 

Yumbe is about as far north and west in Uganda as it is possible to go. A dozen years ago I worked in this part of Africa, and I went back there […]

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    Beyond Free Basics: Facebook, data bundles and Zambia’s social media internet

Beyond Free Basics: Facebook, data bundles and Zambia’s social media internet

LSE’s Dr Wendy Willems argues that mobile data bundles are crucial to the growing power of social media platforms in Zambia, increasingly creating a ‘social media internet’. They also pose a number of political challenges to mobile operators and governments on the continent. While calling features on Facebook and WhatsApp threaten the revenue base of mobile operators, the political affordances […]

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Research focus: European Media Discourses of Africa

Eva Polonska-Kimunguyi is a Visiting Fellow at LSE doing research into European (international) broadcasting and its coverage of African affairs. Looking at four international broadcasters: BBC World Service, France 24, German Deutsche Welle, and pan-European Euronews, her research combines media and international relations. It looks at the broadcasters’ policies towards Africa, their narratives on African issues in the news on the […]

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    ‘Africa’ in the media: between starving children and smiling children

‘Africa’ in the media: between starving children and smiling children

By LSE MSc student Daniel Mebarek-Daza

Stories and images of hunger, conflict and underdevelopment have for long functioned as metonyms of Africa: a continent of vast ethnic, linguistic and geographical diversity. These narratives have reinforced the reductionist discourse of Africa as a site of monolith suffering, permanent crisis and hopelessness. Perhaps one of the most pronounced images to emerge from […]

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