Grouping of Asians show media bias in Kuwait crisis
I have been upset with the way the media has been handling the news concerning the refugees
in Iraq and Kuwait. Earlier on, when the estimates on the number of foreigners trapped in these two countries were coming out, the breakdown was presented for Europeans whereas all Asians were dumped into one category.
It's definitely not due to lack of details, because PBS had the breakdown by country long before the press even cared to mention the refugee issue. It's also not because of space constraints, in which case all Europeans should also have been mentioned together.
The only reason I can see is the reporters' (and the editors') feeling that these Asians are not worth mentioning their country names. These kinds of double standards are very common in remarks like "she is from somewhere in Africa or Central America or Asia," whereas for Europeans the country in question
is always mentioned. Not many who care to read newspapers are dumb enough not to know countries like El Salvador, Nicaragua, Vietnam or India.
The refugee issue was not even referred to either in the press or on television until it became really critical. The first pictures shown on TV were of a bunch of Indian refugees being flayed with belts and batons by soldiers to keep order while water and food were being distributed.
The influx of the refugees into Jordan started immediately after the Iraqi invasion. Tens of thousands of them had to spend close to two weeks in that 120@#F desert heat without even enough water (not to talk about food and tents) before the three big anchormen thought it was important enough to take a few minutes away from tallying the soldiers and the tanks in Saudi Arabia and explain the plight of these refugees.
Only PBS has mentioned that Saddam Hussein ordered that food not be sold or given to any of some hundreds of thousands of Asians now trapped in Kuwait and Iraq. He also said that around 440 pregnant Indian women cannot leave unless a plane load of food is brought in, which the United Nations embargo is refusing to let in.
Isn't any of this worth being mentioned even in a small column?
Sasi K. Digavalli G->