Citizen Journalism In Action

While Angola’s official press painted an optimistic picture of its handle on the yellow fever outbreak, citizens supplied a sharply conflicting view.

The state-sponsored Jornal de Angola published stories about declining malaria cases and praising garbage collection efforts, but citizens sent The Observers  pictures of sick people sleeping on crowded hospital floors hallways.

“Perhaps unsurprisingly, the official press also skipped over photos of the huge piles of trash sitting in the streets of Luanda, Angola's capital. These trash piles serve as breeding grounds for mosquitos. Instead, the Jornal published photos of Luanda’s rare clean-up campaigns,” The Observers write. Crawford Kilian highlighted the piece in his H5N1 blog http://crofsblogs.typepad.com/h5n1/2016/03/how-angolas-official-press-sees-the-yellow-fever-epidemic.html.

France 24 (The Observers)
 

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