Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta has challenged the media to embrace the tenets of good journalism and portray the accurate picture of Africa.
He appealed to journalists to be factual and balanced in their presentation of news instead of only exaggerating the failures of the continent.
The President took a swipe at the foreign media for applying double standards and misrepresentation of the continent.
Citing recent global headlines on Africa, order http://creativecommons.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/audio.php the President noted that they focused on the coup in Burkina Faso, visit web a bombing in Nigeria, clinic crimes in Mali and the latest about Ebola but downplayed the continent’s achievements in child mortality and women’s access to political leadership which is growing faster than other regions in the world.
“Why exaggerate African failure? Why ignore African success? Stereotypes have an amazing ability to destroy our ability to see the facts; we who love Africa must stand up for her truths,” President Kenyatta said.
The Head of State was speaking recently when he presided over the 2015 CNN Multichoice African Journalist Awards at Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Nairobi.
He said it was unfortunate that while foreigners got the story wrong and misrepresented Africa, some African journalists also got the African story wrong.
President Kenyatta called on African journalists to lead in projecting the positive picture of the continent instead of dwelling on the negative and old tired stereotypes.
“I recall an African newspaper that led with the photo of a Westgate victim and another in which the bodies of the Mandera victims took centre stage. If we cannot respect the dignity of Africans, who will?” the President posed.
Africa not doomed
The Head of State pointed out that Africa is not a doomed continent but a dignified one. He said while there were challenges like Ebola, the continent – backed by the African Union – gave its skills, time and money to save lives.
“There’s an Africa at war, but African peacemakers in AMISOM are ending some of our most intractable conflicts,” the Head of State said.
He said the fact that in the last two years Kenya has connected 14,000 primary schools to electricity and 97% of Kenyan primary schools are now lit means Africa is a continent working to address the needs of its people.
“I have heard of an Africa that is hopelessly dependent on aid and charity; but the Africa I know has some of the world’s fastest-growing economies powered by radical transformation in technology and billions dollars of investments in infrastructure,” the President said.
He said the innovation, resilience and sacrifice of Africans is lifting millions of people out of poverty.
Congratulating journalists who won awards including Kenya’s Paul Kalemba, Enock Sikolia and Charles Kariuki, President Kenyatta expressed optimism that the journalists will serve as leading lights in presenting the continent in positive light.
“So, today, we celebrate these men and women, and all of you who uphold the highest standards of your profession. When those high standards are the norm, we will reclaim the African narrative,” the President said.
Other speakers included Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi, CNN International Senior Vice-President Ms Deborah Rayner and MultiChoice Chief Executive Officer Tim Jacobs.
The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) has reported that it is on “high alert” as the situation in the war-torn country remains fragile, for sale http://cidem.ec/plugins/system/stats/field/base.php with armed groups threatening to destabilize its capital city, click http://davidsols.fr/wp-admin/includes/template.php Bangui.
Several countries including Rwanda are contributing troops to the CAR mission.
The Rwandan contingent has since played a key role in stabilising the capital by engaging militants and protecting strategic areas including the presidential palace.
An all-out assault on Bangui would instantly draw the Rwandan soldiers into combat with the insurgents.
The Mission’s update was provided by Farhan Haq, buy information pills Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General at the regular press briefing at UN Headquarters, who said that MINUSCA “remains on high alert to prevent any attempts of armed ex-Séléka moving towards the capital, Bangui.”
On Saturday in the Kemo prefecture, MINUSCA and Sangaris (French-led) forces “confirmed the presence of approximately 150 ex-Séléka or Front Popularie pour la Renaissance de Centrafrique (FPRC),” said the Deputy Spokesperson.
“MINUSCA engaged with their leader, Nourredine Adam in Kaga Bandoro and conveyed a strong message that the International Forces would not accept any movement of the armed groups towards Bangui.”
Mr. Haq added that the Mission is “very concerned over what it calls the organized infiltration of several armed groups in Bangui and has condemned all attempts to destabilize Bangui.”
“In accordance with its mandate to protect the civilian population from the threat of physical violence, the Mission, with support from Sangaris, has used force in reaction to attacks from FPRC elements around Sibut,” continued the spokesperson.
He also noted that, “unknown persons targeted MINUSCA on two occasions on Saturday,” although no casualties were recorded.”
“MINUSCA is determined to continue to use all necessary means to protect civilians, strengthen State authority and support the political process,” he said.
The ‘ad hoc Committee on elections’ agreed on a preliminary electoral calendar for CAR, which is scheduled to be presented to the National Transitional Council next week.
MINUSCA, set up in April 2014 to help bring peace after a breakdown of governmental authority and vicious intercommunal fighting between mainly the Muslim Séléka group and the mainly Christian anti-Balaka movement, currently maintains nearly 11,000 uniformed personnel in the country, one of the world’s poorest.