Southern Sudan: Mind Your Language!
The Media Review Network (MRN) notes with incredulity and astonishment that some media reports about the referendum currently being held in Southern Sudan insist on referring to the constituency as Muslim north and Christian South.
The demographics of the Country show the following population breakdown:
25% Indigenous (Animists, Tribal Religions of which there are many)
55% Indigenous groups
The clash is not based on ethnic, religious or tribal considerations. It is too simplistic for the media to reduce the coverage to one of “Muslim Arab North” versus a “Christian African South”. For the media to make constant reference to religion is being deceptive and misleading.
The entire secession exercise has been encouraged by the west using “religion” as its tool. The MRN urges the media to refrain from using such rhetoric which is unrepresentative of the reality on the ground. The first responsibility of reporters and journalists is to the readers.
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