Literatur und Sprache in Krisen- und Umbruchzeiten
Edited By Ernest W.B. Hess-Lüttich, Carlotta von Maltzan and Kathleen Thorpe
Kontinent der Katastrophen? Wider die stereotypen Afrika-Klischees in den Medien
Julia Augart (University of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia)
Kontinent der Katastrophen?
Wider die stereotypen Afrika-Klischees in den Medien
Africa's presentation and representation in German as well as international media is usually reduced to either a romantic background of love stories or – more dominantly so – portrayed as the continent of catastrophes: images of wars, diseases, hunger, crime and corruption form peoples' negative image on the continent and cement clichés. This paper outlines reasons for this negative and often stereotyped portrayal, but it also illustrates alternative ways of reporting on the continent by taking a close look at writings of German Africa correspondents such as Michael Bitala, Marc Engelhardt, and Wim Dohrenbusch as well as the news anchor lady Marietta Slomka, who present a more diverse picture of Africa.
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