Anonymity and assignments

Following our discussion about anonymity, this Guardian story on ISIS’s finances is interesting, partly because¬† relies entirely on unnamed sources

Kurdish armed fighters

Xi Chen has also brought to my attention this great piece of footage, which shows another way of filming in a surveillance state.  Shot in post-Tiananmen Beijing 1989, it shows an entire tv piece delivered from the back of a bicycle by Tom Brokaw.

http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/26060432#26060432

Ahead of Wednesday’s class, please read to the end of People’s Republic of Amnesia.

ASSIGNMENT:

  • Write a 300-word blogpost describing an important piece of investigative journalism about your country. Was it by a local journalist or someone outside your country? What tools did they use? Did they use unusual techniques which could be seen as unethical elsewhere? If there has been little investigative journalism, write about the reasons for that.

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