It is often argued that a democratic society can be characterized, roughly, by the practices of free speech, freedom of assembly and a free press.
Surely a good sign, then, for Egyptians who find themselves bombarded with a dazzling array of post-revolution newspaper titles, as vociferous as they are young.
Not so, says the Arabic newspaper, Asharq Al-Awsat. The days of Mubarak’s stranglehold on the media may be past, but reporter Dalia Assam foresees a different sort of crisis threatening to engulf Egypt’s fledgling press.
This time it’s born out of hard-nosed competition: put simply, the plain old-fashioned race for the next scoop.
Assam calculates that in recent months, sloppy journalism has been behind everything from rumor-mongering to sectarian violence. The newest breed of journalists are to blame, since they’re abiding by the rules of citizen journalism in place of the more rigorous standards observed by more established media.
The opinion pages of the Lebanon-based Daily Star articulate similar concerns.
But amidst the chaos of this burgeoning media landscape, all may not yet be lost – if the words of the American essayist E.B. White are anything to go by…
“The press in our free country is reliable and useful not because of its good character but because of its great diversity. As long as there are many owners, each pursuing his own brand of truth, we the people have the opportunity to arrive at the truth and dwell in the light….There is safety in numbers.”
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