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African Journalists Are Disinvited From US Speaking Engagements Because of Ebola

“Officials at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg uninvited 14 journalists from African countries to visit for three weeks on Oct. 31 for the annual Edward R. Murrow Visiting Journalists program. The program is organized by the US Department of State for foreign journalists to discuss their experiences and share stories about reporting in their countries.,” Jack Pickelland Chelsea Rice wrote for Boston.com Monday in an ongoing summary of Ebola developments.

“University of South Florida St. Petersburg’s Department of Journalism and Media studies was one of seven journalism schools hosting 100 of the rising top journalists from around the world. Only the African journalists’ trips were canceled.

Wade C.L. Williams was set to deliver the McGill lecture to talk about her experiences covering the Ebola crisis. An editor for Front Page Africa, a news website and newspaper in Monrovia, Liberia, she works in one of the hardest hit West African countries with close to 2500 deaths reported this year from the virus.

“On Oct. 13, the university touted her upcoming visit, co-sponsored by the journalism school, on its website. But just days later, in the face of concerns from parents and the public, UGA announced her trip would be postponed and the McGill lecture would be delivered by Washington Post reporterTodd Frankel. Frankel covered the Ebola crisis earlier this year. . . .”

 

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