Monday, September 17, 2007

Interesting quote

More on the media and what should be our perspective. John Pilger, a journalist I really admire, has been interviewed by Naresh Fernandes in Time Out, Mumbai (July 27-August 9, 2007). Asked why he set out to write about poverty and oppression around the world, here's what Pilger says:

"I am doing merely what ought to be the job of a journalist, and often isn't, which is not to echo authority but to question 'perceived wisdom' and seek the truth at ground level not at the top. Journalism is nothing if it is not about humanity. It must never be the voice of power, of vested interests. There is a quotation of the great Irish muckraker Claud Cockburn that is my favourite:'Never believe anything until it is officially denied'."

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