Media Coverage Contrast Between Charlie Hebdo and Baga Massacre
MIT's Center for Civic Media carried out a study to understand why the French Charlie Hebdo terror attacks generated so much attention in comparison to the Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria that left as many as 2,000 dead. Factors included the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie, the French victims being journalists, Nigeria's president Goodluck Jonathan publicly condemning the French attacks while ignoring those in his own country, and the Paris attacks being an isolated incident as compared to Nigeria's string of common insurgency. Tragically, the majority of North Americans and Europeans see the Baga massacre as distant while the visible losses in Paris struck close to home. But without understanding the losses of both, terrorism becomes a much more narrow and ultimately inaccurate picture.
By Jordan Moses
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