Magazine article New Internationalist

CNN Shamed

Magazine article New Internationalist

CNN Shamed

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Ghanaians, whose country is known as a beacon of democracy in Africa, recently took to Twitter to call out global media giant CNN for its misrepresentation of the country's economic status.

In an article written as part of its report on Ghana's successful and peaceful elections, CNN indicated that 'the national economy will be [newly elected president] Akuffo Addo's major challenge. Oil reserves were discovered off the coast of Ghana in 2007, but Ghanaians struggle to obtain food and day-to-day services. Rolling blackouts are common and citizens stand in long lines to obtain products.'

Having read this supposed statement of fact, Ghanaian sports journalist Gary Al-Smith tweeted his disappointment about the article, writing: 'Uhm @CNN, I didn't know Ghanaians "stand in long lines to obtain products" or "struggle to obtain food". And I live there.' He then asked Ghanaians to use the hashtag #CNNGetItRight to shame the US media corporation for not showing a true picture of the country: 'Shall we do something to let @CNN know we are tired of their lazy reportage of our election? …

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