Reports of female genital mutilation in western media are "hyperbolic" and "one sided", unfoundedly portraying the practice as "savage and horrifying", a report has said.

An international advisory group says female genital surgeries are poorly understood and unfairly characterised by western media.

The Public Policy Advisory Network on Female Genital Surgeries in Africa say media coverage is responsible for "painting the now familiar portrait of African female genital surgeries as savage, horrifying, harmful, misogynist, abusive, and socially unjust".

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