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Use Of Pictures Of Black People To Depict Outbreak Of Monkeypox In Europe, North America Condemned

Use Of Pictures Of Black People To Depict Outbreak Of Monkeypox In Europe, North America Condemned

The Foreign Press Association (FPA) Africa, has condemned the use of pictures of black people to depict the outbreak of monkeypox in Europe and North America. In a statement, seen by Pindula News, FPA Africa said the use of such pictures incites racism. Reads the statement:

RE: OUR STATEMENT ON USE OF IMAGES OF BLACK PEOPLE TO DEPICT OUTBREAK OF MONKEYPDX IN EUROPE AND NORTH AMERICA.

The Foreign Press Association, Africa registers its displeasure against media outlets using images of black people alongside stones of the monkeypox outbreak in North America and the United Kingdom.

According to the World Health Organisation, Monkeypox is a zoonotic disease caused by monkeypox virus, a member of the Orthopoxvirus genus in the family Poxviridae. As any other disease, it can occur in any region in the world and afflict anyone, regardless of race or ethnicity. As such, we believe that no race or skin complexion should be the face of this disease.

It is therefore disturbing for European and North American media outlets to use stock images bearing persons with dark/black and African skin complexion to depict an outbreak of the disease in the United Kingdom and North America.

Shouldn’t it be logical that if you are talking about the outbreak of monkeypox in Europe or the Americas, you should use images from hospitals across Europe or the Americas? Or in the absence of such use a collection of electron micrographs with labelled subcellular structures?

We condemn the perpetuation of this negative stereotype that assigns calamity to the African race and privilege or immunity to other races. What is the convenience of using such images to tell the world how Europe and America are reeling from the outbreak of MonkeyPox? Is the media in the business of “preserving White purity” through “Black criminality or culpability’?

We find these actions to be very insensitive. It is glaring in the lack of dignity afforded to Black and brown-skinned victims of disease outbreaks. It is a lack of nuance and empathy given to people suffering from this disease.

At a time when the world is forging alliances against systemic racism and racial stereotypes, the media should be at the forefront of shaping positive images and narratives.

The Foreign Press Association, Africa urges that editorial managers in news outlets based outside Africa update their image policies and censure their staff from the allure of using images of Africans, people of African descent or people living in Africa to depict outbreaks of diseases or any calamities.

FPAA offers its readiness to support media houses seeking to review their editorial policies to reflect correct framing of Africa, people of African descent and people living in Africa.

Chair : Kennedy Wandera • Secretary: Douglas Okwach• Treasurer : Hiba Morgan

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13 Comments

Jinolly 1 month ago

The most annoying is that Spain is still using only black people pictures for the news while they have a lot of cases all whites


Ever seeing one ! 1 month ago

They must use images of Gay white people to hell with then using a black person as the face of the pandemic, let them keep they gray sickness to themselves , a whole festival that was held to go against the very design that the Almighty God created, creation is the to multiple , male and female , going against the grain is the result of these funny sickness to hello with them!!


Mathanzima 1 month ago

When Covid invaded them, they never used a Chinese image since it was first discovered in China.. Vanodherera mhani vanhu ava


Malcolm X 1 month ago

Well said press release by FFPAA.Hiba is a Good reporter for Aljazeera..


Vybz Kartel 1 month ago

Ini zvangu ndiri muyera Soko 🙊. Saka handina basa nazvo zvekunzi monkey.


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VaGwede 1 month ago

Somehow that's where African politics tend to be tough as that white pig like skin people they will never like blacks point to note. Whatever they do do they do it for a benefit . If possible they hope to wipe away all African race think about slave trade , which means our leaders are to blame . Colonisation reflects another influencial school of thought that whites are very similar to their forefathers. Of course we need technology but if lead us to being inferior l think it's time we value ourselves better than before but because of our leaders Europeans will flood to Africa in this economic war then we will remain inferior.


The Adjudicator 1 month ago

I wish Mugabe was alive to tell these white hypocrites the truth.They are racists to the marrow and they will never change.They dont love Africans but only what we have like minerals,good weather,cheap labour etc .Africa shld try to follow what Mummar Gadhafi wanted by creating a united Africa with pan Africanist policies.
Famba Russia famba.NATO is a neusance.


Machiavelli 1 month ago

Russians are equally or more racist than the rest of them. First hand experience

ppp 1 month ago

kkkk Hanty tisu monkey dzacho here


Chinese zodiac 1 month ago

Dai vakafa vese nechirwere ichocho vanosaizer


Chimboti Pizza 1 month ago

Chokwadi kusizer, ndabatikana pandaona news dzemonkeypox paFrance24 vatsoma Africa yese


El Zorro Dorado 1 month ago

😂😂😂😂😂.what did they say

Mujibha 1 month ago

It is sad to note that our former colonisers view us as monkeys in this modern age. Africans must unite and condemn this insult.



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