Genocide Is News

The campaigning group, Be A Witness has produced a short TV advert which criticises the US networks for failing to cover the ongoing genocide in Darfur, which – unsurprisingly – those networks have declined to accept for transmission. Their point is this:

“Genocide is the ultimate crime against humanity. And a government-backed genocide is unfolding in the Darfur region of the Sudan. As the horror in Darfur continues, our major television news networks are largely missing in action.

During June 2005, CNN, FOXNews, NBC/MSNBC, ABC, and CBS ran 50 times as many stories about Michael Jackson and 12 times as many stories about Tom Cruise as they did about the genocide in Darfur.

Whether it is coverage of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 60s, the Ethiopian famine in the 1980s, or recent coverage of the tsunami, television news can help stop grave injustices and end human suffering. Increased television coverage of the genocide in Darfur has the power to spur the action required to stop a devastating crime against humanity.”

The ad was produced by the American Progress Action Fund and the Genocide Intervention Fund: an organisation which “aims to provide critically needed supplies to African Union peacekeepers on the ground in Darfur, Sudan, increase public awareness about genocide, and pressure the international community to fulfill its responsibility to protect civilians targeted by genocide”.

You can see the advert here.

Hat Tip: Ben C