We Media 2006: All Over the World

Wadah Khanar of Al Jazeera on Thursday says: “Speak truth to power,” which is an interesting posit from a journalist working for an organization funded largely by a royal family. Although it was hard to ignore his point that Al Jazeera is one of the few that ” had the courage to go reach out to the people” on whose heads the missiles landed in Iraq, as well as show those missiles being launched.

Today is a lot more international, Asia, Middle East and Africa. Arguments over whether censorship in China is really censorship. Whether the Middle East’s satellite channels are actually ” more fair, accurate and balanced than any American, and most European stations,” according to ubiquitous Arab media explainer and Lebanese newspaper editor Romi Khouri. “You get both sides … the speech live, the criticism and the reality on the ground.”

Columbia U. professor Jeffrey Sachs (above), who appeared via Web cam from New York, talking about how the new social networking (and other) technologies can cost efficiently help ameliorate third world disease and strife.

More talk about how cellphones with digital technology can enable people in Africa and South Asia. Echoed comments from U.N. official Nitin Desai from Thursday.

An Israeli blogger who talked about lots of blogs in Saudi Arabia, Syria and Lebanon, cross-linked across borders. Said the Arabs and Israelis started to understand each other because of the “conversation.” “This is the conversation going on on the ground and I hope it’s going to be picked up by the mainstream media she said.” The head of CairoLive.com says aggregation sites in the Mideast are getting popular, because more and more people want multiple points of view on various issues, and adds that investors should pay attention.

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