Paris has been in the headlines for the past couple of weeks and chances are you have not even heard of another dateline - Baga - which has seen far more bloodshed than the French capital.

Boko Haram is in the remotest part of the country in the north of Nigeria. We have much of the media absent and if we are absent, then what we get will be either half-truths or no truth at all.

Taiwo Obe, director of The Journalism Clinic

Baga is in north-eastern Nigeria and it is been under constant attack ever since January 3, by the armed group Boko Haram.

The death toll varies, depending on the source. Some news organisations put it as high as 2,000; the Nigerian military puts it at about 150.

And that encapsulates the problem with covering this story. Very little is verifiable, because much of that corner of the country is under Boko Haram's control.

Our only real window into the devastation comes from satellite images because the region is inaccessible to the authorities, let alone the media.

The internet is also inaccessible, mobile phones have not worked there in months. So social media has no way to report what is happening.

North-eastern Nigeria is a black hole for information, which is one of the reasons why this story is not getting the coverage it deserves.

Another, according to his critics, is the government of President Goodluck Jonathan, who has an election to fight, does not want Boko Haram setting the agenda and therefore does not want to spend time talking to journalists about it. 

Source: Al Jazeera