Sunday, February 27, 2011

Somebody must stop this terrorist!

Kourosh Ziabari - Press TV: The term "dictator" seems to be quite tender and mild for describing someone who has been ruling a country for more than 41 years and 178 days without assuming any responsibility before the international community for the felonies which he had been committing during these years.

The uncompromising tyrant of Libya Muammar Gaddafi who has just staged an all-out bloodbath in the big and small cities of his country, relentlessly opened fire against the defenseless citizens and unarmed civilians of Libya and killed more than 1,000 people in less than one week is seemingly approaching the ending days of his uncontested monarchy.

Muammar Gaddafi has just set the record of the longest serving non-royal leader of the world, followed by Cameroon's Paul Biya and Yemen's Ali Abdullah Saleh; however, it seems that the flamboyant dictator will not be able to celebrate the 42nd year of his government without trouble.

The American journalist Melissa Bell recently allude to an interesting point regarding Gaddafi's controversial and dishonorable life which may connotatively reveal the West's disagreement on how to deal with this notorious leader. "The Washington Post uses "Mammar Gaddafi." The Associated Press opts for "Gadhafi." The New York Times uses "Qaddafi." In 2009, ABC News reported 112 variations on [the spelling of his] name." And the Associated Press' Tom Breen hits the point, "will the Libyan leader lose power before the West agrees on how to spell his name?"

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Interview with Prof. Craig LaMay

Kourosh Ziabari - Craig LaMay is an associate professor of journalism at the Northwestern University. He is a former editorial director of the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center and editor of Media Studies Journal; and a former newspaper reporter. LaMay’s articles and commentaries have appeared on New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Communication and the Law and a number of other media outlets.

LaMay has published several books on journalism and mass media of which we can name Journalism and the Problem of Privacy (2003), Commercial Transformation of the Nonprofit Sector, with Burton Weisbrod (1998) and Abandoned in the Wasteland: Children, Television and the First Amendment with Newton Minow (1995).

Prof. LaMay joined me in an exclusive interview to discuss the constraints of journalism in the United States, freedom of speech in the EU, the performance of local magazines as opposed to the national news outlets and the gradual disappearance of traditional media with the emergence of new internet-based technologies.

What follows is the complete text of my interview with Prof. Craig LaMay of the Northwestern University.

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