To my chagrin, African editors basically gave Dead Aid a blind eye! Any mention of the book in Africa was just a few lines buried in the inside pages. Ask just about any African what they think of Dambisa Moyo and you will hear: Dambisa who? Interestingly, Dead Aid was a New York Times bestseller.
It has also featured prominently in The Washington Post and other major US newspapers, plus on the BBC, C-Span, you name it. On April 3, Time magazine named Dambisa Moyo one of the worldâ€™s 100 most influential people based on the strength of her stop-aid-to-Africa book.
I hold no brief for Dr Moyo nor do I personally know her. Dead Aid having grabbed the attention of the citadel of US press freedom, I question the editorial judgment which went into censoring her topical book in astonishing Africa.
In contrast, UK journalist Michela Wrongâ€™s It Is Our Turn to Eat (on the stench in Mwai Kibakiâ€™s corrupt Kenya), published a month after Dead Aid, was accorded royal treatment by editorial departments across Africa. Based on this water-tight evidence, African editors are guilty of racial bias against their own.
As opposed to Africaâ€™s academic junk that litters our campuses and lecture halls, here is an intelligent African woman who is investing her knowledge in a great cause only to be denied a book review by her home continentâ€™s supposedly free press.
We have no newspapers! It is bad editorial judgment to trash such a newsworthy story as Moyoâ€™s and instead let idiots in their true colours spew pure nonsense and talk about their anatomy in our â€˜newspapersâ€™. What is the role of a free press in a democracy?
Bosire Mosi United States
What is the role of a free press in a democracy?