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Words of fire : independent journalists who challenge dictators, druglords, and other enemies of a free press / Anthony Collings.


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Collings, Anthony.
Publication date:
New York : New York University Press, c2001.
  • Book
  • xi, 269 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 253-254) and index.
  • "They are the news" : facing Mexican druglords
  • She had to be there : taking risks in Russia
  • Opening the door : courage in Asia
  • Guerrilla journalists : underground in Nigeria
  • A precious pen : defiance around the world
  • The general's Mercedes : crime and corruption
  • A veiled woman : the separatists
  • Brother against brother : civil war
  • In the thick of it : protests and riots
  • Money at stake : economic secrets
  • The president's mistress
  • 12. We are not amused : satire
  • We have ways : violence and imprisonment
  • We have other ways : legal and economic pressures
  • Chilled or defiant : the painful choice
  • Cat and computer mouse : using the internet
  • The great firewall : China and the Internet
  • Send in Uncle Walter : advocacy groups.
Publisher's Summary:
If journalism is the first draft of history, then independent journalists are surely its most daring composers. Along with such celebrated and high-profile figures as Christiane Amanpour and Wolf Blitzer, there exists a stratum of journalists - self-employed, working under dire conditions, and with minimal resources - who often place themselves at ground zero of world events. In this account, the author takes us into the world of independent journalists, and the daily challenges they face confronting dictators, hostile military, and narcoterrorists. Unfettered by any ties to those in positions of power, these guerrilla journalists are often the first on a story - whether reporting on corruption in Mexico, organized crime in Russia, or sexual scandal in the Middle East - and accordingly face the brunt of their subject's wrath.
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