Omid Memarian

Friday, March 24, 2006

Journalism and Iraq War

Journalism and War in Iraq

Happy New Year. I was online with my friends in Paris, London, Washington, and Tehran at the new Iranian New Year eve. My friend’s mother invited me to have dinner with them and so I was not alone. However, during the day time I felt so lonely. I have decided to write on this blog more and more but I don’t know, why I am lazy, sometimes. During the last months I have been very busy with my assignments at the school...

I am going to write a paper on “Insurgency in Iraq and the prospect of democracy”. That’s why I am trying to follow most of the events on Iraq at the campus which I hope provide more background and updated information for me. However Hani Shokrollah, who is the former editor in chief of Al-Ahram Weekly and the lecturer at UC Berkeley, is really helpful. Two weeks ago, there was a panel dissection on the coverage of war in Iraq by American journalists at the campus. I enjoyed a lot. At the time the Chronicle journalist believed that they can just cover 10 percent of the news there, Washington post reporter said that the coverage is almost 90 percent. So, you can see how is difficult to say what is happening there. If you talk with Iraqis here, they tell how the quality of media coverage is. I have put a piece of this conversation just to give you the sense of this meeting…

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