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The media and disasters | DRC power struggles

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Wednesday, 27 March 2019


Editor's note

The coverage of the recent floods in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi by South African media has been roundly criticised, especially on social media. Journalists have been on the receiving end. But, writes Glenda Daniels, the blame lies with media owners who obliterated newsroom budgets, making it impossible for newsrooms to cover events properly.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has a long history of failed power sharing deals. Julie M Norman and Drew Mikhael suggest that chances are high that a deal between President Felix Tshisekedi and his predecessor Joseph Kabila, which seems increasingly likely, could be beset by the same problems.

Charles Leonard

Arts + Culture Editor

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DRC’s new President Felix Tshisekedi (left) and outgoing President Joseph Kabila. The two have agreed to share power. Hugh Kinsella/EPA-EFE

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