The MSM has been interviewing its own local Muslim ‘reporters’ and their photographers and Al Jazeera affiliates. Do they provide videotaped interviews? Do they even identify these ‘sources’?
“The MSM has been interviewing its own local Muslim reporters and their photographers and Al Jazeera affiliates. Do they provide videotaped interviews? Do they even identify these sources?”
Perhaps a look behind the reporting is in order...
NYT: Suliman Ali Zway and Osama Alfitori contributed reporting from Benghazi
17 November, 2011
Zway and Alfitory were construction workers who quit comfortable jobs to volunteer for the Western journalists that flooded into Benghazi when the February protests turned to armed rebellion.
How it began
It all came by chance at the beginning, Zway tells me during a trip to London to collect his award.
The protests were over and the fighting was just beginning. Only a few were fighting and had gone to the frontline. A lot of journalists came in and wanted to get an idea of what was happening.
No one really knows anything about Libya, Alfitory says, but suddenly all these journalists came to Benghazi to find out what was going on.
In the beginning I had decided to fight with the rebels, as it was our duty to protect our city. But just for a moment, until in my mind I realised that to help the journalists would be a much better cause. Back in February there were a lot of people starting to fight but not many helping journalists.
Zway and Alfitory are now in London to attend the Rory Peck Awards ceremony, and will stay for two weeks to unwind after eight months of conflict.
Their trip was part-funded by Jon Lee Anderson and organised by a group of journalists who worked with them, including Fadel.