African Journalists Slam Media for Using Images of Black People in Monkeypox Coverage in US and UK

An electron microscope image shows a monkeypox virion.


  • The Foreign Press Association of Africa wants the media to reconsider the way they cover the monkeypox outbreak.
  • He said media in the United States and Europe used stock footage of black people in their coverage.
  • The association said this perpetuates a negative stereotype which “attributes calamity to the African race”.
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The Foreign Press Association of Africa has condemned media for using images of black people alongside stories about the monkeypox outbreak in North America and the UK.

“Like any other disease, it can occur in any part of the world and affect anyone, regardless of race or ethnicity,” said the Foreign Press Association in Africa (FPAA). said in a statement shared on Twitter Saturday.

“As such, we believe that no race or skin tone should be the face of this disease,” the statement continued.

The FPAA said it was “disturbing” that the media used archival footage of black-skinned monkeypox sufferers for reporting on the outbreak in Europe and North America.

The trade body has urged outlets to use images of hospitals in Europe and the United States instead or, failing that, to show electron microscope images of the virus.

“We condemn the perpetuation of this negative stereotype which attributes calamity to the African race and privilege or immunity to other races,” the statement read.

The FPAA called the media actions “highly insensitive” and urged news outlet editors to update their image policies.

He also asked editors to stop their staff from using images of Africans, people of African descent or people living in Africa to cover outbreaks in the UK and North America.

Cases of monkeypox have been reported in at least a dozen European and North American countries this month. This is the first time the virus has been found in people with no clear connection to West and Central Africa, BBC News reported.

The monkeypox virus can cause pus-filled boils that hurt and are infectious for weeks. It can also cause symptoms of fever, headache, bloating and exhaustion, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Monkeypox can be spread through close contact with an infected person or animal, and by touching clothing or bedding used by someone with the rash, according to the WHO.

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