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Why I’m Calling It an Intifada

Why I’m Calling It an Intifada

It’s true that journalism is the first draft of history. And it’s also true that it takes some distance in time before we can look at events and place them in a proper historical context. But it’s also true that journalism has a responsibility to put developments into a meaningful context for readers. Here. Now.


Tripping Over the Distinction Between Journalists and Activists

You probably saw the footage of a videographer who tripped and kicked refugees fleeing a camp near the Hungarian border village of Roszke. I wouldn’t call Petra Lazlo a “journalist.” She worked for N1TV, a station founded and run by the far-right anti-immigrant (and anti-Semitic) Jobbik Party. That makes Lazlo an activist, not a journalist, no matter what media credentials


Watchdog of the Week: Hitting Back at Columnist’s “Hard Zionists” Charge

This week’s Watchdog of the Week goes to Lydia Rivlin from London who managed to get her letter published in The Independent in response to columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown’s ugly opinion piece that HonestReporting recently critiqued. Lydia was a former employee of the BBC before leaving in disgust at what she describes as the “sexism and