Opinion: From our Readers - Why the lack of media focus on third world?

It is not just TV news that ignores the developing world (News, 3 July).

We surveyed the national papers over a two-week period during April for coverage relating to Africa. Despite what I would call a 'news-heavy' period, including South Africa's third democratic elections, coverage of the continent was sparse. In terms of column inches, The Independent led the way, followed by The Guardian and FT. The tabloids barely acknowledged Africa.

Yes, the economic crisis has had the lion's share of coverage this year, but this is no reason to marginalise the third world, which is by no means immune to the global downturn - in fact, it's likely to come off the worst.

Heather Baker, director of PR, TopLine Communications Email letters (200 words maximum) to prweekletters@haymarket.com

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