TITLE

Books

PUB. DATE
December 2004
SOURCE
Nieman Reports;Winter2004, Vol. 58 Issue 4, p47
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article presents some comments made by reviewers on books recommended for journalists. Doug Struck, who since 1990 has reported often from Iraq and the Middle East for The Washington Post, uses the book, Al-Jazeera: The Story of the Network That is Rattling Governments and Redefining Modem Journalism, as a point of departure as he writes about what it is like for Arab and U.S. journalists to report on the war in Iraq--and how the content of what they report and broadcast often intersect. The squeamish secret among Western journalists in Baghdad is that these Arab stations are now an important part of their establishment news operations, he writes. Susana Barciela, a member of The Miami Herald's editorial board, describes the book American Gulag: Inside U.S. Immigration Prisons, as an expose of institutional cruelty that is a must-read for journalists covering immigration or living in immigrant-rich communities. She observes how the author, Mark Dow, has meticulously researched this topic, and his abundance of facts, she writes, proves that the lack of transparency and oversight has resulted in the systemic abuse of immigrants locked up from Seattle to Key West. Mauricio Lloreda, an op-ed columnist for El Tiempo in Colombia, finds in June Carolyn Erlick's book, Disappeared: A Journalist Silenced: The Irma Flaquer Story, that events from the past can offer us much to contemplate about our present. As Lloreda writes, Erlick's portrayal of this Latin American journalist's life and death speaks to what has happened--and continues to happen--under similar circumstances in countries throughout the world and particularly in this region.
ACCESSION #
15509022

 

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