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[Comment] Offline: The King and his courtiers

“Why are you telling us to report on hospitals and disease rates when the real problems in this country are political…You are keeping us away from the issues that matter in our lives by making us write these insignificant reports.” This young journalist was pleading with Anjan Sundaram, the author of Bad News (Doubleday, 2016), an urgent account of repression, violence, and torture in a country the global health community has come to celebrate as an extraordinary example of African success. But behind the facade, the mirage, another story apparently lies untold.