When fighting broke out a month ago in the world’s youngest country, South Sudan, the story was framed as just another tribal power struggle coming out of Africa. A more precise analysis is that the conflict is really political in nature - a fallout between the president and the vice president, with some ethnic elements fighting it out on the ground.
The question is why? One theory posits that in the world of journalism, there is a hierarchy of knowledge in Africa, that international reporters are seen as more authoritative than domestic journalists, whose local knowledge provides them with a better understanding of the story, but who lack the resources to effectively report it.
With peace talks underway in neighbouring Ethiopia and fighting continuing in South Sudan, the story is at a critical point and deserves more analytical coverage. So, who controls the narrative? Our starting point for this week's Newsdivide is Juba, and the coverage of the situation there.