Saturday, February 12, 2011

morning after

One of the reasons I watch Aljazeera English is that the correspondents are good. They are smart, articulated, passionate, and professional. Especially I like Ayman Mohyeldin. Even those who don't watch Aljazeera English could remember who he is: he and his colleague Sherine Tadros were the only English-speaking correspondents who happened to be in Gaza when Israel started the bombing in 2008. The world media relied on those two young correspondents.

I was watching that the live image of Omar Suleiman on the Egyptian state TV announcing Hosni Mubarak's resignation broke in, followed by the image of the jubilant people. It was also a moment for those journalists who were taking risks to celebrate. So the Aljazeera anchor encouraged the correspondents to speak up their personal views. Mohyeldin, who was born in Egypt, asked "not to be impartial" by the anchor, he at first stuttered a bit, and then, he, as usual, vividly articulated the point of the event and never puts his own personal view. In the New York Magazine's interview, Mohyeldin was asked to comment on the way the American media report about their anchorman attacked in Egypt:

NYMag: For a day or so, the story in the U.S. became “our anchors are getting attacked.” Did you think it was ridiculous?

Mohyeldin: Without sounding disrespectful, it’s really a sad state of affairs when a big part of a news show’s coverage revolves around the anchor being punched ten times in the head, in the case of Anderson Cooper. In the case of Katie Couric and Christiane Amanpour that they were jostled around by protesters. Listen, I’m not trying to take anything away from that. Those are very scary moments and we know that journalists have been harassed, but it’s really how you deal with the story that reflects the importance of it. This is a dangerous environment. The journalists are not supposed to be part of the story. Sometimes the tendency for these big personalities when they arrive in this country is to think that the story revolves around how they’re seeing the story rather than actual events that happened. But please don’t take my words out of context. I’m not trying to take any shots at these personalities. But it’s a slight disservice to the story when it becomes more about the journalist more than the actual people who are doing much worse.

1 comment:

  1. Your interests, and your ability to engage with diverse subjects always amazes me. I enjoy learning something new!