The Independent’s deputy editor, Ian Birrell, wrote a comment piece on Sunday calling for more positive and informed coverage of Africa. To many in the West, he wrote, Africa is a place full of “kids with distended bellies and begging bowls everywhere”. This, he insisted, must stop.
“Africa is a continent of 53 nations. As in Europe, each has its own character, its own successes and its own difficulties.”
Two days later, the Independent ran a piece by Matt Barbet, a TV newsreader, who recently reported from Ethiopia:
“…it was gratifying to present from an impoverished Ethiopian village and remind people at home of the famine threatening Africa“