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Reporting Africa

11 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 26 December 2013

A special essay from Gabriel Gatehouse, considers who should be telling the continent's stories - and how. International media - and other international bodies - are often criticised for having outdated, colonialist preconceptions about Africa. There's now a great sense of growing confidence, assertiveness and entrepreneurship - of 'Africa Rising' - so how best should that optimistic mood be reflected in news reporting? And how should the stories of conflict, corruption and poverty be approached, when to those living through them are still all too real?

Introduced by Pascale Harter. Producer: Polly Hope.

Photo: News headlines announce a new Kenyan media bill on 1 November 2013 in Nairobi. Kenya's media reacted with shock and outrage after parliament voted through a bill that could see journalists and outlets slapped with huge fines for violating a code of conduct. Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images


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