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Briefly, what is journalism?

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An apt quote from George Orwell which the press in this part of the world in particular need to mull and head. I know that they won’t, but it’s worth reminding them of their duty. Even if one of the thousands of journalists gets a pang on conscience after reading this, then that’s a good step in the right direction. Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations. — …

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Peace through Media Award

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A well deserved award for Dr Mansoor Al-Jamri and his paper. Al-Wasat has proven itself the only independent newspaper in Bahrain if not the Gulf and beyond. While I have become more skeptical of late, I tend to give news articles much more credence than any of the other papers in Bahrain and its columns, more thought. Well done Al-Wasat. Onward and upward and leave the others eating your dust!…

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Oh the irony! Anwar calls the BBC yellow!

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Read these gems, but please hold your laughter! Why the BBC ‘has let down Bahrain’s people’ By Arthur Macdonald, GDN, Posted on » Wednesday, November 02, 2011 MANAMA: The British Broadcasting Corporation moved from being a globally respected news organisation to joining the ranks of the yellow press during the unrest in Bahrain. That is the view of Akhbar Al Khaleej Editor-in-Chief Anwar Abdulrahman. Speaking on the sidelines of the Bahrain Chapter of the International Advertising …

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Reprieve for Al-Wasat

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It’s with pleasure that I read that Al-Wasat‘s investors have decided to rescind their previous decision to close down the paper. The board of directors has now decided to continue publishing the paper under their new management.Regardless of my personal apprehensions on its current editorial direction, and my sadness for the forced resignation by its very much respected founder and editor-in-chief Dr. Al-Jamri, I wish Al-Wasat, its journalists and professional staff the best of luck …

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Punishments

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Punishments come in various guises, but the worst of those are the collective and indiscriminate ones.I think we’re seeing that today levied against the most respected newspaper in Bahrain. Al-Wasat comes to our doors with just 20 pages, and virtually no advertisements whatsoever. If this carries on, not only tens of families will lose their livelihoods, but much more importantly, a balanced and professional news source disappears for the island to be left with a …

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