Press(ure) Points

by Eric Freedman

FreedmanPhotoThings can be tough for journalists in the United States – perhaps a libel or invasion-of-privacy lawsuit, or the rejection of a freedom of information request or the economy-driven closure of a media company. Once in a while, an American reporter lands in jail for refusing to disclose a confidential source. And once in a while a journalist is murdered –the fate of my former Detroit News colleague Chauncey Bailey, who was gunned down while reporting a story for the Oakland (Calif.) Post about the finances of Your Black Muslim Bakery, a business owned by the Black Muslims. Continue reading

Abai’s Thoughts, Kazakh Matters

by Christopher Schwartz

What does it mean to be critical? As the Editor-in-Chief of NewEurasia Citizen Media (neweurasia.net), Central Asia’s largest citizen-journalism network, I frequently ask myself this question. Obviously, as an editor, a sloppy answer risks sloppy content. Worse, in a region like this, it could endanger reputations and lives.

Alhamdulilah, I have found some insight from Kazakhstan’s Ibrahim “Abai” Kunanbaev (1845-1904). Indeed, as his nation’s first-ever philosopher, he is in many respects the ancestor, if not prototype, of today’s independent Kazakh journalist. Continue reading