Misinformed information

by Beatrice Credi - 2011.10.14

Male, white, working-age and with a high level job. It is the identikit of the average citizen represented in the pages of national newspapers in French language in Belgium. Women, foreigners, unemployed people, the lowest socio-professional categories and the disabled are almost absent. Who belongs to one of these groups is snubbed and rarely interviewed to get an opinion about current events and news. But they are in the minority even among the experts. Women, for example, are only 15% of the experts and spokespeople. Not to mention those who are not white: very few consultants (6%) and journalists even less (3%). But, the revenge of women and immigrants comes if you look at the subject of crime news. 48% of victims are female and 45% have foreign origin. Regarding  jobs, then, the newspapers are talking mostly about executives and athletes. Working life (19-64 years) seems to be the only age that really care. Young and elderly are an appendix to be treated from time to time. A world very little variegated that certainly does not depict the real Belgian society. Some more nuance, according to the Association of Professional Journalists, is apparent in the local press where diversity seems to be more represented.

Published in Gender issues.
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