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On Why Paris Attack Got More Press Than Baga

Maeve Shearlaw | The Guardian Africa   in 
January 16, 2015

Why did the world focus on the Paris terror attacks, which left 17 dead, but pay little attention to a Boko Haram assault that may have left as many as 2000 civilians dead in the north-eastern state of Borno?

Reporting from the area is notoriously difficult and dangerous, and residents often lack basic communication infrastructure. But are there bigger reasons why the assault on Baga received less media attention than the attacks in Paris?

Do media houses in Africa and across the world have a responsibility to ensure that events like those in Baga don’t go unnoticed? These are not easy questions to answer, and in the last few days, they have been widely debated online.

We’ve rounded up some of the key pillars of debate among Guardian readers from Nigeria, France and beyond.


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