[Originally published on Panos London’s AfricaVox here.]
John has provoked considerable debate over on BBC Online’s pages, and I am not surprised. He’s given a fresh and candid perspective on the experiences of an African journalist covering an international summit, and today’s diary in particular shows the considerable frustrations that African journalists have to put up with in a day’s work:
Yesterday we were told that [the African leaders attending G8] would have a press conference today. But as I write this, no African journalist I have met here seems to know where our presidents are. […] Unlike in western nations where the presidents and prime ministers are accessible to the local media, for an African journalist, getting an interview with an African president may take a lifetime.
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