The Dangers of Reporting from Libya

Friday, March 18, 2011


The situation on the ground in Libya remains fluid. Thursday's UN Security Council resolution was followed by a ceasefire announcement by the Libyan government amid reports that attacks continued to take place against anti-government groups. One thing that has remained constant since the uprising began last month is a lack of tolerance for journalists by the Gaddafi regime. CNN’s Senior International Correspondent Ben Wedeman explains the difficulty of reporting from Libya and the consequences of a media vacuum if foreign reporters leave the country.

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Comments [2]

Charles from Vermont, USA

Is Ben Wedeman doing OK ? We have not seen him report for CNN as often lately. Arwa Damon is doing fine, but I hope Ben is safe and well. It would be nice if the network made a comment about his situation.

Mar. 26 2011 02:22 PM
Marie Slonski from Altadena California (LA area)

After listening to the podcast of your 3/19/11 show about media bias, I remembered an article I saved from several years back that did attempt to assess bias among media and other entities, including politicians. I was surprised that you did not seem to be aware of the article. It was printed in the Nov 2005 issue of The Quarterly Journal of Economics and can be found at the following url: Be sure to view the tables at the end of the article.

Also, the fellow who criticized the Fresh Air show must not know the format for that show. I've listened to discussions with atheists and Christians as defined by the guy and other religions. Her show does not usually present alternative viewpoints in the same interview.

Mar. 21 2011 09:53 PM

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