We are now used to the issue of climate change being covered in the mainstream press. But what about the issue being discussed by the press in developing countries?
The UK development group, Panos, has just published a disturbing report has found that “the media have a poor understanding of the climate change debate and express littleinterest in it”.
The Panos survey interviewed 47 journalists from Honduras, Jamaica, Sri Lanka
and Zambia. In Jamaica, Panos found that “there are no newspaper columns or radio or TV programmes that focus specifically on the environment”.
Meanwhile interviews with “Zambian journalists established that there is generally very little coverage of climate change issues in the Zambian media.” To make matters worse, in Zambia “reporters consider climate change and environmental issues to be boring”.
So who out there thinks climate change is boring? We would like to hear from you.