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June 03 2010

08:18

When interview subjects strike back…

Two separate examples of how journalists can be challenged/brought to task by the subjects of their interviews post-publication:

1. Freelance journalist Kat Brown gives an account of how she believes her case study interview for a feature on depression in Stylist magazine was misreported.

2. The singer M.I.A. has posted audio clips on her website that she secretly recorded whilst being interviewed by the New York Times, challenging some of the statements and quotations attributed to her in the published piece.

As the New York Observer’s write-up of the M.I.A. story explains:

The duel between reporter and source has spooked the journalism world, reminding writers that, thanks to Twitter and Facebook and other online sources, they may no longer have the final word.

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March 15 2010

09:14

Journalists who call Hugo Chavez a dictator should be jailed, says Sean Penn

From last Thursday, an interesting interview in the Guardian with Sean Penn, in which the US actor criticises the treatment of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez by the US media.

Every day, this elected leader is called a dictator here, and we just accept it, and accept it. And this is mainstream media. There should be a bar by which one goes to prison for these kinds of lies.

Full story at this link…

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