David Francis's Blogs

  • One Story of Abuse in Africa Goes Viral; Another Ignored

    One criticism of the Stop Kony campaign is that, though well-intended, it’s a Hollywood approach to human rights. That is, the social media campaign against Joseph Kony has captured the public’s attention because it has a good narrative story with a simple plot — a bad guy — while much worse, more complex abuses and atrocities continue to be neglected by the media and international community. For example: Comparatively little public attention has been paid to a legal case before the U.S. Supreme Court in which it has been alleged that the Nigerian government, working to advance the interests of Shell Oil, killed thousands and displaced tens of thousands of people in order to put in a new oil pipeline. Here’s a guest post, also published on KPLU's Humanosphere, from journalist David Francis, who recently visited the...

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