Why are the Boko Haram terrorist attacks in Nigeria underreported?

By Marielena Montesino de Stuart

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One expects that the mainstream media would show basic human concern and give the same degree of attention to terrorist attacks, regardless of where they take place. This does not appear to be the case.

During the last two days there have been terrorist attacks carried out by Boko Haram in #Nigeria, which have brought the death toll to over 80. Most of the victims are women and children– but this massacre does not appear to be newsworthy, given the anemic coverage that it is receiving– compared to the intense round-the-clock news coverage of the attacks in #Paris and San Bernardino.

Here’s a New York Daily News report (excerpt). Bold added for emphasis:

“A nurse at Maiduguri Specialist Hospital said dozens of critically wounded, mainly children and women, may not survive. The nurse, who spoke on condition of anonymity because she is not authorized to speak to reporters, said the hospital was so overflowing with patients that some had to be cared for in the maternity ward. About 60 people had wounds from bullets and shrapnel from explosive devices, she said. Other wounded people had to be sent to other hospitals in the city.

Among them was a baby found dead, still tied to the back of her mother, who survived after being hit by shrapnel, the nurse said.

It was hard to do a body count because so many had been blown into pieces, she said, describing torsos and dismembered arms and legs.”

 While the world mourned the deaths in Paris, approximately 2,000 people died in Nigeria as victims of Boko Haram #terrorism. In spite of the enormity of the Nigerian massacre, it was underreported compared to Paris.

I understand that the territory controlled by Boko Haram is dangerous for journalists– and innocent local citizens have limited access to the internet. However, information is coming out with enough details to provide coverage, albeit with limited visuals. But of course, visuals are everything in today’s news business, which is more worried about ratings and the bottom line.

There is also doubt about the degree of transparency and assessment from the Nigerian government regarding these attacks, which followed last week’s statement by the very socialist Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, that his government had “technically won the war” against Boko Haram. This scenario makes the Boko Haram Islamic extremist threat in Nigeria even more critical and newsworthy– for the sake of Nigerians, their surrounding countries–and the world!

It’s time to lift the fog… someone has to say the truth.

Copyright © Marielena Montesino de Stuart. All rights reserved.


New York Daily News, “Boko Haram extremists strike Nigerian cities with coordinated RPG, suicide bomber attacks; death toll climbing” (Updated: Monday, December 28, 2015, 10:57 AM).

President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari speaks about Boko Haram (BBC World-Africa, “Nigeria Boko Haram: Militants ‘technically defeated’ – Buhari.” 24 Dec. 2015.

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Marielena Montesino de Stuart

Marielena Montesino de Stuart Conservative Columnist and Speaker. Republican Candidate for the U.S. Senate (on the ballot 2012 - Florida). New Leadership and Courage for America.