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Hungarian prize revoked

Hungarian prize revoked

On 15 March, Ferenc Szaniszló won the Tancsics prize, Hungary’s most prestigious award for journalism, causing a national and international outcry. The journalist and television presenter Szaniszló has fallen into disrepute for spreading anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and anti-Roma comments on the broadcasting station Echo-TV, which is closely affiliated with the Orbán admistration. In 2011, the […]

Book Review: The Journalists of the Café Louvre

Book Review: The Journalists of the Café Louvre

Café Louvre: A Centre for Journalists in 1930s Vienna News gathering between the wars was dependent on foreign correspondents, and in Vienna, the greatest reporters of the age all frequented one place: The Café Louvre. Located at the corner of Wipplingerstraße and Renngasse in the 1st District, Café Louvre was the meeting place of Austrian […]

Print is Back! But did it ever go away?

Esaya Isaak took a step to the microphone, but remained speechless. Too overcome with emotion was he after receiving the 2011 Golden Pen of Press Freedom on behalf of his brother, Dawit Isaak, who has been imprisoned in Eritrea without trial since 2001 for criticising the government in Setit, the country’s first independent newspaper which […]

The Journalism of Tomorrow

At eight, it was adorable. At 18, it was inspiring. At 28, it’s officially embarrassing, says a worried mother whose daughter had been laid off and left with close to nothing to look for a job. The dream of becoming a journalist, or of becoming an ambitious TV producer, as in the 2010 Hollywood production […]

Extremist ‘Politics’

“Where is the dividing line between what is appropriate for the public to know and what is helping extremist politics?“ ruminated Miroslav Lajčák, former Slovak Foreign Minister and former EU Special Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was a difficult question that was posed at the panel entitled “Reporting on Extremist Politicians – How New […]

From the People For the People

When a Virginia Tech student shot 32 people in April 2007, it was not a professional cameramen who first shot scenes of the dramatic events, but a graduate student on his cell phone, who then uploaded them on YouTube. Within minutes, thousands had accessed the videos. Later, the footage went on to iReport, a CNN […]

Book Review: Words of Freedom

Audacity of Truth Telling the truth remains a dangerous preoccupation in many parts of the world. Since 1997, over 950 journalists have been killed because of their work in crisis regions. Dictatorships, theocracies and some struggling new democracies have done everything in their power to suppress the implementation of a free press. Journalists are still […]

Journalism: Still a Dangerous Assignment

Fifty-four journalists have been killed on the job so far this year, according to a media Death Watch maintained by the International Press Institute (IPI). Calling it a ‘similarly grim toll,’ IPI interim-director Alison Bethel McKenzie, told the 60th annual IPI World Congress that the death rate in the first  eight months of 2010 is […]

Arabian Reporting

Do Al Jazeera journalists encounter trouble while reporting in Arab countries? Most of our correspondents have trouble with governments, and many are arrested. Our bureaus are constantly shut down, in Algeria, Tunisia, Yemen… we have problems when they don’t like what we say. What is a journalist’s responsibility? We have to be very careful, because […]

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