Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The revolutionary fervor of the Arab spring came to life last night at the City University of London at a conference of Wadah Khanfar, the former CEO of Al-Jazeera.

describing his reaction to various surveys, especially in Egypt and Libya, which shows what is meant by the journalism of attachment or commitment.


shameful passion throughout his speech, he said to a packed house:

"In our search for a fundamental fixed point around which our editorial mission focuses not find anything better than people with the collective mind and instinctive opposition to oppression, the arbitrariness and corruption .. .

I learned from my experience as a journalist, then as director of a medium, an important basic fact: you should always ask the people at the center of our editorial policy.

I say this not just a nice slogan

reiterate to decorate our literature or marketing of our institutions. Honestly, I think it is a moral, a scientific approach and vital interest. "

Khanfar, the first non-Western journalist to give the James Cameron Memorial Lecture, cast Journalism Al-Jazeera as a kind of democratic mission.

He said the early response to the Egyptian regime in meetings of the Tahrir Square was the close of business on the network and to prohibit their reporters and crews.

While the chain has sent a message to Egyptian viewers say. "If the government has banned journalists from our work, while each of you is a journalist from Al-Jazeera"

This led, he said, hundreds of activists from the power supply with current news and video clips on social networking sites.

"We managed to break the siege imposed by the Egyptian security apparatus, thanks to our viewers had faith in our mission and our faith in their abilities," said Khanfar.


how Al-Jazeera staff worked nonstop for the past weeks, Hosni Mubarak, was forced to resign.

Egypt and Libya authorities managed major jam satellite transmissions of Al-Jazeera station found an alternative.

Khanfar and his editorial staff of Al Jazeera clearly identified with "the masses". He said that the resignation of Mubarak: "No doubt it was a moment of my life I will never forget, I worked to retain and remain calm, however, my colleagues in the newsroom erupted ogee emotion, and some could not even keep their tears .. of joy. "

In a key moment in the conference, said:

Without a noble mission, our profession could easily become a commodity for sale. Without it, journalists are not authorized to speak for the public interest and people will never trust us.

just need to see us when it comes to power and authority. In fact, people of power and influence do not pay attention to media that are not bold and direct. "

also spoke of what he called a "journalism of depth," explaining that it means to be "the collective consciousness of the masses." He continued:


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