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Title:Russia, after the Cold War: The Ex-Soviet Media and Africa
Author:Adade, C.Q.
Periodical:Race and Class
Geographic terms:Soviet Union
Russian Federation
international relations
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
Abstract:The end of the Cold War raised the prospect that Third World issues would cease to be viewed through the prism of the East-West confrontation and from within the narrow framework of superpower stereotypes. But this optimism turned out to be premature. Nowhere has this been more obviously demonstrated than in the workings of the ex-Soviet media. A survey conducted by the author in 1991 showed that, during the past seven years or so, the marginalization of Africa in post-Cold War glasnost journalism has reached grotesque proportions. News about Africa was poorly covered. It lacked in depth and objectivity. Analytical articles remained moralizing and paternalistic. What lies behind the increasing marginalization of Africa in the Soviet press? Decades of paternalistic Communist propaganda had portrayed the USSR as big-hearted Big Brother, lavishing free and disinterested assistance on 'poor peoples of the developing world struggling against capitalist subjugation'. Now that Russia finds itself in economic turmoil, Africa has become the convenient scapegoat. But the issue was raised to a crescendo after the botched August 1991 coup when the 'democrats' led by Russian Federation President Boris Yeltsin took the reins of power. The 'democrats' and the new press appear largely uninterested, condescending and even racist. Notes, ref.