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Cameroonian journalist accuses WH press secretary of discrimination against African reporters


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Cameroonian journalist accuses WH press secretary of ‘discrimination’ against African reporters

Cameroonian journalist accuses WH press secretary of ‘discrimination’ against African reporters

This article is about Cameroonian journalist Simon Ateba accusing US White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre of “discriminating” against him and other African journalists during her daily White House briefings.

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Cameroonian journalist Simon Ateba has accused US White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre of “discriminating” against him and other African journalists during her daily briefings at the White House. Pierre, who left the White House briefing room visibly frustrated as the Cameroonian reporter, who runs Today News Africa and is the White House’s chief correspondent, asked him about the U.S.- Africa to be held in Washington in January. Thursday’s incident was not the first time the African journalist had come up against the current WH representative. Ateba has repeatedly accused Jean-Pierre and his predecessor Jen Psaki of ignoring his questions, as well as his press colleagues at the “back of the room”, referring to the correspondents of small news organizations who usually occupy the seats. back of the White House briefing room. The Cameroonian journalist, who described the WH press officer as “an immigrant”, assumed his questions were ignored because of his African accent, adding that he was shocked to find such treatment from Jean Pierre. Recently, Ateba clashed with Jean-Pierre after the press officer ignored a question from one of the reporters about the origins of the coronavirus pandemic during the final briefing by Dr Anthony Fauci, the chief medical adviser. the United States. Ateba interrupted her, shouting, “She has a valid question about the origin of COVID. Dr. Fauci is the best person to answer! Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki has also had her share of clashes with Ateba. In May, during her last press briefing at the White House, the reporter interrupted her and other fellow reporters at least twice by complaining and shouting, “Are you going to answer a question from the back of the room?

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African journalist Simon Ateba, who runs Today News Africa and is the White House’s chief online correspondent, is said to have a history of frequent clashes with White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and her predecessor. Jen Psaki.

Cameroonian journalist Simon Ateba has accused US White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre of “discriminating” against him and other African journalists during her daily briefings at the White House.

Ateba’s claims came following a Thursday clash between him and Jean-Pierre, who left the White House briefing room visibly frustrated as the Cameroonian journalist, who runs Today News Africa and is the chief White House correspondent, was asking him about the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit to be held in Washington in January.

Thursday’s incident was not the first time the African journalist had come up against the current WH representative. Ateba has repeatedly accused Jean-Pierre and his predecessor Jen Psaki of ignoring his questions, as well as his press colleagues at the “back of the room”, referring to correspondents from small news outlets who usually take the seats. back of the White House briefing room. .

“People like me, it’s been a disaster, a catastrophe, covering the Biden White House,” Ateba told US media on Friday. “Right now, I’m the voice of Africa in the United States. But I can confirm that the level of discrimination against me and against African journalists in the White House is staggering, shameful.

The Cameroonian journalist, who described the WH press secretary as “an immigrant”, assumed his questions were ignored because of his African accent, adding that he was shocked to see such treatment from Jean Pierre.

“It’s shocking, because she’s black, she’s an immigrant… I’m black. I am also an immigrant,” Ateba said of Jean-Pierre, who was born in France and moved to the United States as a child. “The first thing, I sound different. I was not born here. I was born in Cameroon…I don’t have an American accent. I tried. I failed.”

Recently, Ateba clashed with Jean-Pierre after the press secretary ignored a question from one of the reporters about the origins of the coronavirus pandemic during the final briefing by Dr Anthony Fauci, the chief medical adviser of the United States. Ateba interrupted her, shouting, “She has a valid question about the origin of COVID. Dr. Fauci is the best person to answer!

Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki has also had her share of clashes with Ateba. In May, during her last press briefing at the White House, the reporter interrupted her and other fellow reporters at least twice by complaining and shouting, “Are you going to answer a question from the back of the room?

“Simon, if you could respect your colleagues and other media reporters here, that would be greatly appreciated,” Psaki said at the time.



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