“It is possible for us to make some sort of change; I just don’t think that we should underestimate how difficult that is going to be.” Jelani Cobb, professor of Journalism at Columbia University and staff writer at the New Yorker, talks with Jonathan Laurence.
- A response to Adam Seligman and David Montgomery’s “The Tragedy of Human Rights”
- For years, in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, television and national newspapers have acted as the loudspeakers for those in power. [...] The risk is that now the protests may mean a transition from total control over information to an indiscriminate and not always verifiable flow of news. Seeing what followed the street protests in the current international intervention in Libya, future leaders in Egypt and Tunisia may not allow the gates to freedom of the press to be opened completely. In Egypt the army has dismantled the Ministry of Information but has appointed a supervisor for radio and television.