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Analysis: Diversity

In the article, "Kidnapped US captain freed; snipers kill 3 pirates," the Associated Press writers deal with the racial and cultural diversity of people involved in the story. The writers must tell a story that bridges the very different lives of Somalian warlords and pirates, common U.S. citizens working on a commercial freighter, and U.S. Navy Seals and their commanders. All people involved come from very different backgrounds, so the writers must be careful to move beyond stereotypes. The writers must be particularly careful concerning the people of Somalia, whose government is in tatters and the shores of which are described by the writers as "anarchic" and gun-plagged."
I believe that the article makes several attempts to move beyond the stereotypes that many Somalians are warlords and pirates. The article includes an interview with a Somalian citizen, who owns a clothes store, who said that upon receiving news of the event he was concerned that pirates would exact revenge on villages and common citizens like himself.
The article makes few other attempts, however, to explain what life is like in Somalia and focuses mostly on the statements from government officials and the actions of the pirates.

TODD PITMAN and LARA JAKES. "Kidnapped US captain freed; snipers kill 3 pirates." Associated Press: April 12, 2009.