What Price the Story?

All too often in the past, African reporters have not been able to pursue wrongdoing because it involves powerful figures who wield undue influence over local media - financial, corporate or politicalĀ - or because it is simply too dangerous. Investigative journalism is a perilous profession in many African nations, where intimidation, beatings, imprisonment and death threats can be an occupational hazard. As a result they have often had to sit idly by while Africa's story has been told by Western correspondents, "parachuted in" for the purpose, who reinforce stereotypical views about African peoples and their supposed inability to face up to and solve their own problems.

In What Price the Story, veteran African journalist Sorious Samura reveals why reporters are prepared to risk everything to reveal the truth. He has personal experience of the dangers of investigative journalism in Africa; eleven years ago he was arrested and tortured in Liberia while uncovering a story about Charles Taylor, the country's then dictator, andĀ a shady arms deal. Sorious was on assignment for British and American TV at the time and the resulting international outcry secured his release, but he knows that most of the continent's journalists do not have that kind of protection.

Video clip of Sorious Samura and full story at

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/africainvestigates/2011/10/20111030104118185817.html

Courtesy of Aljazeera and Insight News

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