‘The Geographic Gap’

'The Geographic Gap' | HUMNews

Of 237 countries and territories in the world, the 4 largest newsgathering and distribution companies that supply the world with 90% of news do not cover 116 of them.

These 116 countries or territories contain 4 billion people over half the world.

63 of these media-ignored countries and territories are desperately poor.

All this has security implications for the United States. What do you want to bet that in the late 1990s, Afghanistan was in the 116? Hard to know an attack was being planned out there if you don’t know the place exists.

What HUM does not say is that the ignoring of the 116 comes from the news corporations’ profit motive, which is increasingly driving them to ignore most real news in favor of infotainment. Desperately poor 4th world countries? Not entertaining.

h/t Aljazeera.net’s blog. In fact, Aljazeera’s model, being backed by the Qatar Foundation, may be one of the few ways out of this information gap. Aljazeera English does a better job covering subsaharan Africa and Latin American than any other Anglophone news service, and they pay attention to the poor and working people.

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  1. The same news media executives that ignore more than half the world ….. and focus on entertainment in the remainder, critize their fellow Americans for being unfamiliar…. ignorant … knowing litte of the world.

    Hmmmmmm … the only folks with the power to change our understanding of the world are the ones that limit it..

    And they use our public airways.

    Time for a revolution!

  2. Not sure how true this is. Link doesn't provide any source for it's info, but BBC news wiki page says it is the 'largest broadcasting news gatherer in the world', and has correspondents in 'almost all 240 countries worldwide'.

    Mali has 2400 entries under news.bbc.co.uk, Togo has 1650.

    link to en.wikipedia.org

  3. I used to really like getting the Gaurdian Weekly (like 10-20 years ago). One of the things I liked is that it included selections from "Le Monde" — it's not that I preferred the French viewpoint, but they had articles on what was happening in francophone Africa and such places.

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