Four years ago: “Salon (justifiably) brags that they’ve matured to the point where they could send a reporter to Yugoslavia. But the web was already there. People on the ground all over the world. Some of them are great writers and have passion for the truth and aren’t serving the same masters that the bigtimes at WSJ, NYT and CNN.
Recently someone (I unfortunately can’t remember who) put forward the idea of collectively putting together enough money to send a truly independent journalist to Iraq during the war. This post – that Dave made 4 years ago – points out that this is the wrong approach. Instead we should have been searching for a person in or near Iraq to be the journalist.
And we would have been getting the added bonus of having someone who’s ideas are not coloured by the Western view of the world (we would still need to find an independent and reliable journalist, but any journalist from the West is going to be endowed with a certain world view that is not always constructive).
This is where technology can help. It’s where the folks at WITNESS are at, to give voice to local communities, and help to amplify that voice to a greater audience.