Question on Comic Relief

Following on from my article for The Guardian - "Africa deserves better than Comic Relief", yesterday I questioned International Development Secretary Priti Patel MP during International Development Questions yesterday (29th March).

I said:

I am sure the Secretary of State will commend Comic Relief for raising £73 million this year, but is she as concerned as I am that it showed a baby dying at 8.30 pm, before the watershed, and another baby dying at 9.10 pm, while the overall portrayal of Africa is very narrow? It needs to review the formula, because this is affecting primary school children’s expectations and understanding of a very complicated continent with 52 countries.

I will continue to raise this issue and call on the media to ensure that representations of Africa and the issue of international aid more generally deal with the complexities of the issues at hand and do not perpetuate narrow stereotypes.


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