Target: International media outlets
Goal: Give the civil war and the overthrow of the government in Central African Republic the coverage it deserves
Recently, an armed rebel group in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) attacked the capital city and overthrew the government there. Despite the violence and chaos in the impoverished country, the international media, especially Western English-language media, paid scant attention.
C.A.R. has a population of about 5.5 million people and is one of the poorest and most desperate countries in the world. It has had barely a few years of democratic government since gaining independence from France in 1960. The government that was overthrown itself came to power in a rebellion similar to the current one.
The rebellion that recently took over killed an unknown number of civilians during the battle, as well as 13 South African soldiers defending the capital. Even as the capital city fell to the rebels and the humanitarian situation deteriorated, scarcely one brief mention was given in most international news outlets. With the rebellion barely in the past, the media is already turning attention away from the country, as usual.
Many people in the West are not even aware of the C.A.R.’s existence. This is an unacceptable shame – the country has immense mineral wealth and its people are unjustly condemned to live in miserable poverty and oppression. The fact that the rest of the world seems not to care about the country is a moral outrage. It begs the question – is the C.A.R. ignored because it is in the heart of Africa? Is it because it has nothing to offer to average Americans or Europeans? Whatever the reason, the human rights violations that are endemic to the Central African Republic will only end if people outside of that disempowered country know about them – and that will only happen if the media covers the country.
Sign the petition below to ask the international press to give the humanitarian situation in the C.A.R. the attention it deserves.
Dear editors of international media outlets,
As you know, a rebellion in the Central African Republic recently violently toppled the previous government. This has set off a worsening humanitarian situation in the country, already one of the most impoverished, undemocratic and corrupt nations in the world.
Despite this grave and outrageous turn of events, the international media has paid scant attention to the situation. As a result of this, average citizens in the developed world are often barely aware of the C.A.R.’s existence, much less the political and humanitarian situation in the country.
As global transmitters of newsworthy and important information, it is your duty to correct this. The C.A.R. may be poor and small, but the people who live there are real and deserve attention when they are in dire straits. Please devote more airtime and space in your publications to coverage of the people of the country and the situation they face.
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