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5524: Re: 5514: Response to story of attack on journalists (fwd)
Re: 5514: Response to story of attack on journalists
I must add my voice to this subject I know too well.
It is appalling how many men and women in many capacities but mostly in
journalism, actually make a living off Haiti and its problems. The
complexities of this poor country are consistently exploited in the most
unattractive fashion linked with tabloid journalism.
One wonders who and where the true analysts are. Gruesome facts will always
be associated with a country so impoverished it cannot find, let alone
present another face without some measure of understanding from the Press.
It is a complex issue, but sensational reporting, photos of the desperately
poor, concentration on death, reports of constant violence have not even come
close to presenting any reasonable solution to assisting a depleted economy.
In no way am I suggesting censorship of the press, or actually eliminating
facts, but do so agree with those in Haiti who object to photos or videos
they know will shock audiences and make money for the photographer or
journalist. The Haitian people have an uncanny way of "saying it like it
is". It would be great if the journalists maybe said it like it was, then
actually gave a little credit here and there to any positive sign of hope
they might find (there are some), encouraging positive views to emerge even
slightly suppress the ever-constant negative views.
It's a tough one. But it is possible. suzanne seitz.