Since the outbreak of monkeypox disease which is believed to have come from Nigeria and now spreading to North America, Europe, and other non-endemic countries, WHO reports on their website, www.who.int, that the currently available evidence suggests that those who are most at risk are those who have had close physical contact with someone with monkeypox while they are symptomatic.
The Foreign Press Association Africa (FPAA), a professional body for journalists and a media company on their social media platform @FPA_Afrca, has stated the use of images of black people alongside stories of the disease outbreak in America and the United Kingdom is a negative stereotype that assigns calamity to the Africa race and privilege or immunity to other races.
In the statement, the press explains that the disease according to the world health organization is a zoonotic disease and can occur in any part of the world and can afflict anyone therefore no race or skin complexion should be the face of the disease; and therefore it is a disturbing issue for the North American and European media outlets to use stack images bearing persons with black and African skin complexion to depict the outbreak of the disease in the countries.
The press has therefore urged the editorial managers in news outlets based outside Africa to update their image policies and has offered their readiness to support media houses in shaping editorial policies to reflect the correct framing of Africa, people of African descent, and people living in Africa.
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