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June 18, 2008

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Rosemary Ekosso

Gupta's piece is a classic example of careless journalism fuelled by prejudice and deliberate, unremitting ignorance.

Samka

Interesting,I came across Sanjay Gupta's piece on CNN's homepage and remember reading it with religious certitude.And the numerous comments that succeeded it indicates how Gupta took many for a ride.The blind leading the blind.

Thanx doc for throwing light on this.This is another case of people who think they know more about Africa than Africans themselves.And the western media,CNN in particular will hurriedly do what they know how to do best,reckless publishing without fact finding especially when it comes to Africa.SHAME ON THEM.

UnitedstatesofAfrica

Dr. Valentine Ngwa, may God bless you for your service to Cameroon and the continent of Africa as a whole.

This is Western propaganda at its finest fueled by the monstrosity that is CNN

I was watching snippets of this CNN documentary on Cameroon on Anderson 360 and Anderson Cooper had the audacity to say that AIDS originated in the jungles of Africa and the African animals passed it on to man.

Suffice to say, I changed the channel.

Macadamia Cake

You know that the corporate media in the USA is ratings-driven and not truth-driven. The easiest source of sensational stories to boost such ratings is Africa, because they expect that there would be no response, if such stories prove to be inaccurate. Wrong, there has been instant and massive backlash worldwide about this inaccurate story.

No, UnitedstatesofAfrica, this is not so much about Western Propaganda as the profit motive awry.

UnitedstatesofAfrica

Macadamia, with due respect, I vehemently disagree with the last paragraph of your write-up. Deeply rooted in the "profit motive awry" is Western propaganda

You are the same person who said that such despicable news stories are done by CNN to boost ratings. What do Americans want to watch? stories like these. Stories in which, American doctors march into the jungles of Africa and try to sensitise primitive Africans. Stories in which Americans are presented as superior in health-related issues while Africans are archaic, and cling to witchcraft to explain the existence of disastrous diseases. Stories in which, American doctors use their exquisite skills to discover that the root of AIDS can be traced in the jungles of Africa. These are the stories they want to see.

And have you asked yourself why Americans want to see these stories? to continue to spread the racial Western propaganda of the white man's superiority over "primitive" Africans.

Profit? yes
Western propaganda? even greater

SJ

Gupta and Cooper are continuing the work and narrative of Joseph Conrad's "The Heart of Darkness." It is congenital for the whiteman to de-humanize Africans.

This de-humanization has a healthy and wealthy history that the ancestors of Cooper (and Gupta, in his deluded mind), have traced and mapped over centuries. It had to be sufficiently and ruthlessly deployed in the collective psyche of both the victims and victimizers for Africans to have been made and kept slaves for 500 years as they built the basis for the wealth the CNN uses today to continue their evil work.

On another note, I wonder if they ever spoke of Cameroun Republic as an "island of peace and stability" in any of the CNN reporting. If not, I am ready to recommend a new PR firm for Biya Paul.

Achiri

Sanjay should try doing something in his native India where witchcraft is even more prevalent.The report is a complete disgrace to the medical corp and to investigative journalism.Absolutely no background research done.I believe the article was written even before they got into the "jungle".

Stephen Carter

Dear Dr Valentine, you are even more deluding than the targets of your vehemence. You simply "scribed" a WHO review article on Buruli. There is no doubt that Nathan Wolfe, who was traveling with Dr Gupta, has investigated the same WHO paper you so diligently scribed, making it seem as if it were your own thinking. Shameless you are. Dr Nathan Wolfe who has published in numerous peer reviewed scientific journals is investigating the origins of Buruli. Had you bothered to read the blog post instead of immediateoly starting your copying of the WHO article, perhaps it would have made more sense.

Stephen Carter

Dear Dr Valentine, you are even more deluding than the targets of your vehemence. You simply "scribed" a WHO review article on Buruli. There is no doubt that Nathan Wolfe, who was traveling with Dr Gupta, has investigated the same WHO paper you so diligently scribed, making it seem as if it were your own thinking. Shameless you are. Dr Nathan Wolfe who has published in numerous peer reviewed scientific journals is investigating the origins of Buruli. Had you bothered to read the blog post instead of immediateoly starting your copying of the WHO article, perhaps it would have made more sense.

UnitedstatesofAfrica

Mr. Carter,

I knew it wouldn't be long before you lunatic advocates of Western supremacist theories penetrate this blog and start clanking your heads in protest.

I am appalled by your audacity to satirise Dr. Ngwa because, in your opinion, he passively "scribed" a WHO review article on Buruli. Dr. Ngwa did nothing but write a rebuttal to this sloppy journalism and backed up his facts by citing an existing WHO review. The focus of this rebuttal should not be shifted from the Western Media's dehumanisation of Africans to an WHO review. Nice try buddy, but I won't let that slide.

You even have the effrontery and the cheek to be moaning and whining about the manner in which Dr. Ngwa mentions this WHO review. When Dr. Gupta and his gang of ethnocentric assholes marched into Cameroon and made false assertions, why didn't they cite a WHO review to back up their shallow statements? Why didn't Dr. Gupta look into WHO reviews to see if the "Buruli" disease was really an "unrecorded disease" as he claimed? before Dr. Gupta said the term "Buruli" was coined by the people of Akonolinga, why didn't he look into WHO reviews to see if the rubbish he is saying is true or not?

With due respect Mr. Carter, the Western media is not a slave master and Africa is no slave plantation. This is the 21st century and such sloppy and racist journalism should not be tolerated.

Dr. Ngwa, keep up the good work, we are behind you a 100 percent.

UnitedstatesofAfrica

...and Dibussi, I want to thank you immensely for enlightening us on this issue.

Valentine Ngwa

This rebuttal was posted on AC360, among others. Sanjay Gupta has read them and updated the article to reflect current knowledge. The updated version, though not still accurate, is not as silly as the original one. He sure has learnt his lesson.

Elive

Many thanks to Valentine Ngwa for arresting this (deliberate?) misinformation.

Elive

i have just visit anderson cooper's blog and found 80 comments, mostly from americans, on gupta's sensational and misleading article ''cameroon's cursed children''. this is an epic example of the bias and prejudice africa suffers from the western media. it is not the first time, they havedone several times. anderson cooper has closed comments on that article; why the hell did he? come to even think of it, gupta is ''Chief Medical Correspondent''. no comments!

Bob Ashu

Stephen Carter comes across as an imperialist pig who will see nothing good in an African. Ofcourse, his peanut sized brain is uncapable of thinking and asking why Gupta and Anderson did not use any WHO article in the first place before spewing garbage to the whole world. What has happened to literature review?
And if he even read the WHO document and Dr Ngwa's writeup, he will notice that they are not a direct copy and paste; as there are some issues Dr Ngwa discussed that are not on the WHO document.
Ofcourse, he cannot think that Gupta and Anderson have learnt a thing or two from such criticisms and updated their knowledge.

doris ngwa

i am very proub of my uncle.i was so mad at that article so much that i cry so hard all night.as a young cameroonian going to school in the united we already have americans saying dump thinks about africa.some bastard from nowwhere made it worst.

Tapang Ivo Tanku

Journalism in the corporate media in USA is based on how sensual a journalist can be. This is unethical and wrong. Its a disgrace to see and read Dr Gupta's public health story full of nebulous diliberate blackmail of Cameroonians. Did Gupta spend huge sums of money travelling to Cameroon from the US to pen down such a lack-luster and sensational story? This seems to me like arm-chair journalism. Dr. Ngwa you sence of health communication needs no more publicity. Let the West learn from you.

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