Nigerians in US reject CNN report
Forwarded by Phil Tam-Al Alalibo
Nigerians in North America have rejected a recent report by the Cable Network News, claiming that 40 per cent of Nigerians in the United States of America were criminals. The Nigerians, operating under the All Nigerian-American Congress, said such stereotyping of Nigerians did not reflect the true situation of Nigerians in the US.
The group's position on the documentary, "How to rob a bank", was made known in an e-mail sent to our correspondent on Thursday. The mail, jointly signed by the ANAC's Chairman, Information and Public Affairs, Mr Paul Oranika, and President, Chief Temitope Ajayi, described the report as false and typical of biased reporting of African issues by the western media.
The group's position was reached at a national tele-conference organised by ANAC soon after the programe was aired between May 20 and 21. It regretted that the western media refused to see anything good in Africans, but would look for ways to portray them in bad light.
The group said, " Historically, the western news media focus on negative news when it comes to news coverage of Africa and its people. Such issues as war, famine, hunger, genocide, natural disaster, disease, fraud and mismanagement remain the sole focus of news coverage of Africa and its people.
"What is baffling is that the African community in North America has been content in allowing the western media to define them to the world through these negative news reports.
"In addition African embassies and consulates have failed to take leadership position in challenging some of the false and negative coverage given to Africa and its people."
The PUNCH, Friday, June 02, 2006