Daniel Halliday
Mar 20 · Last update 2 mo. ago.
Why are many African people angry at media coverage of the Ethiopian plane crash?
After the crash of flight ET302 the media attention was initially focused on the safety record of the Boeing 737, but criticism arose as certain media organisation began to question the safety record of the airline and focused purely on foreign minority nationalities that died in the disaster. Is media coverage of the Ethiopian Airlines crash representative of a prejudice perspective towards African nations? Is western media coverage racially prejudiced, insensitive or ill-informed when portraying African news and current affairs?
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Mostly innocent mistakes
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Borderline racist mainstream coverage
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Lack of balanced reporting on the African continent
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Mostly innocent mistakes

The issues surrounding the news coverage of the airline crash in Ethiopia were mostly innocent mistakes as a result of American news networks broadcasting to the average American, viewers who may be ignorant of where Ethiopia and Kenya are, but Africa is somewhere they could at least comprehend. But the people of Africa are justified in their indignation as there should be more education around world geography, and the western media should not be pandering to their audience’s ignorance but educating and uplifting their audience around certain topics. The same is not seen as much in Asian current events for example, where the varied differences in culture are usually part of the story, and countries and leaders are often named separate from the continent they are in. These mistakes need addressing.

okayafrica.com/the-africa-in-the-media-report-shows-how-africans-are-misrepresented-in-american-television

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Borderline racist mainstream coverage

The international mainstream news media covered this horrible loss of life by seemingly reporting victims based on their nationalities, with little to no mention of the amount of black African lives lost. This is despite there being more Kenyan victims of this tragedy than any other nationality. Furthermore the mainstream international media's initial reaction to try and blame the accident on Ethiopian Airlines' staff negligence, despite the crash's obvious similarities with the earlier Indonesian disaster, could be construed as borderline racist news coverage.

newsone.com/3848224/ethiopian-airlines-crash-media-coverage

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Lack of balanced reporting on the African continent

In this case American journalists were entertaining the ideas that the pilots were to blame despite widespread information of a good Ethiopian safety record, and widespread knowledge of problems with Boeings aircraft. There was also the issue of erasure of Ethiopians and Kenyans from certain news network’s coverage despite them making up the majority of the dead on the flight, with the Associated Press tweeting naming all the minority nationalities who died on the flight. This has led many to believe that such widespread coverage of this even is due to the presence of other nationalities on board of the flight, had it just been Africans on the flight the coverage would have ended long ago. mg.co.za/article/2019-03-11-the-racist-reaction-to-the-ethiopian-airlines-crash-was-all-too-predictable twitter.com/nmamuma/status/1106904818680020992

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