The media did cover attacks on *insert country here*. You just weren’t reading it.

Ahmad Hammoud (CC BY 2.0)

Ahmad Hammoud (CC BY 2.0)

In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, social media users took to their keyboards to complain about Western’s society disregard for attacks in other, non-Western countries.

“Where was the media outrage for the attacks in Kenya or Beirut?” Well, it turns out the media did cover these attacks. We just weren’t paying attention.

Emma Kelly via Medium:

But in the aftermath of the Paris attacks, many people have taken to Twitter and Facebook to complain about why 147 people being killed by militant gunmen at Garissa University College in Kenya didn’t get as much coverage as Paris.

“Why isn’t the media covering this?” I saw several Facebook posts exclaim, while sharing a link to a BBC News story on the tragedy.

a) The media did cover this. You are sharing a BBC News link to the story.

b) A quick Google search will show that it wasn’t just the BBC who covered it. Al Jazeera, CNN, New York Times, USA Today and Washington Post are among the publications who wrote about it at length.

c) You obviously just didn’t click on the story to read it. Even when sharing it, because if you had read it, you’d have realised the college massacre happened in April.

“Why didn’t the media cover *insert country here*?” appears to actually be shorthand for “Why wasn’t this story shared extensively on my Facebook feed?”

Yes, foreign affairs stories aren’t covered as much as stories closer for home. This needs to be worked on by the media, and is a big issue. But this is not because an innocent person being killed in Beirut or Iran is less important than a white European being killed. It’s because less people read about it.

Read the entire article here.