New Internationalist

Articles by Virgil Hawkins

Paris vs. Baga: What makes an atrocity newsworthy?

Virgil Hawkins decries the media’s bias in reporting on tragedy.

  • January 14, 2015
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Clickbait and stereotypes: media coverage of the DR Congo

Virgil Hawkins decries the media’s ease of conscience when it comes to attracting readers.

  • November 12, 2014
  • 0

The battle for the news: Zimbabwe and beyond

Virgil Hawkins considers the role of the media in Africa as Zimbabweans prepare to vote on 31 July.

  • July 29, 2013
  • 0

Boston? Yes. Arusha? No thank you

Virgil Hawkins compares media coverage of two bombings and argues that some victims are considered more ‘newsworthy’ than others.

  • May 9, 2013
  • 2

Madagascar’s reality is no cartoon comedy

Recent political upheavals mean life in this island country is not quite as cosy and carefree as the animated film suggests, says Virgil Hawkins.

  • July 3, 2012
  • 2

Camouflaging Burkina Faso’s past

As President Blaise Compaore is granted immunity for previous crimes, Virgil Hawkins looks back at Burkina Faso’s recent turbulent history.

  • June 15, 2012
  • 2

Diego Garcia's shameful history continues

In the week David Cameron meets his Mauritian counterpart to discuss the Chagos Islands, Virgil Hawkins sees suspicious motivations on both sides.

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