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Africa is one of the richest continents in terms of resources and human population nonetheless; it is the poorest and least developed continent. A significant number of the population in the west are ignorant about Africa and have a negative attitude towards Africa, ‘Most of them have certain images of Africa that they hold to be true or real’, all these images are acquired though what they receive as news in the western media (Michira,2002). Often words used to describe Africa in the west include the following: dark, jungle, savage, underdeveloped, third world, hunger, disease, famine, drought, lack of history and culture. This essay will analyse the news reports about Africa with the help of The independent and The guardian newspapers; the reports will be from a one week period from 24th August 2010 to 30th August 2010. This essay will argue that western media reporting on Africa converges entirely on unfavourable views and ignores the positives. It will also show that news reports are negative, because it can be argued that western media audiences always expect dismal news from Af…
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