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The Fine Line Between Journalism and Exploitation

Journalism’s Slide Into Exploitation

How far can we go in intruding upon the misery of someone who has just gone through a tragic event? Is it always OK for us to rush to accept someone's consent to be filmed or recorded when they have just been through a tremendous shock?

Coverage of Macron’s Win Obscures Other Issues

Macron's Win Obscures Other Issues

A second term for Macron was always the likeliest possibility, and that should have called for more focus on what it means for France, rather than merely covering him with a messianic cloak by focusing on his role as the only bulwark against a far right presidency, even if that’s true.

Risk-Taking Local News Producers Deserve Better

Risk-Taking Local News Producers Deserve Better

I find it urgent that we should use this momentum to raise the world’s awareness of what local field producers do, and what they have often been robbed of.

Asser Khattab
Simplistic Reporting on Arab Leaders Can Do More Harm Than Good

Simplistic Reporting on Arab Leaders Can Do More Harm Than Good

When covering the Middle East, international media would do well to steer away from simplistic dichotomies. Instead of illuminating the region, it can end up empowering the very despots they are reporting on.

Asser Khattab
Arabic Media Coverage of the Ukraine War is Incomplete

Arabic Media Coverage of the Ukraine War is Incomplete

Relying on traditional Arabic-language media outlets to get one’s information about world events is a fool’s errand. But given the lamentable fact that most Arabic-language media outlets are affiliated with or influenced by authoritarian regimes, tuning in can inform you about the proclivities of the regime in question.

Asser Khattab
War Coverage May Depend on Who’s Involved

War Coverage May Depend on Who’s Involved

There is an underlying idea that the victims of the war on Ukraine deserve more sympathy because people there are not used to it, whereas people in the Middle East, well, that’s all they know anyway.

Asser Khattab
Journalism Credentials: How Identity Can Influence Coverage

Journalism Credentials: How Identity Can Influence Coverage

The role of international media outlets today goes above and beyond covering the world for news consumers back in the homeland.

Asser Khattab