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The picture that Luyendijk sketches is sombre: Beelden uit het Midden-Oosten jois Jumping at the chance, I had five roller-coaster years as a reporter, first from Cairo, then Beirut and finally East Jerusalem.

Luyendijk spent five years working as a correspondent, first in Cairo, then Beirut, then East Jerusalem. What do Muslims think about equality between men and women?

And what about democracy? Shortly after the book came out, a Dutch newspaper asked me to become their Middle East correspondent. For journalists this dazzling book is a must, and no less so for the television viewer, radio listener and newspaper reader.

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The first is that dictatorships are so fundamentally different from democracies that you cannot describe and report them accurately if you use only the tools of journalism developed in the West. Journalists ought more often to admit there are things they do not know, Luyendijk says, rather than bluffing or giving the impression that, on the basis of their own observations, they can say exactly how things stand. Between and he lived in Cairo, then Beirut and finally East Jerusalem, working for the newspapers de ….


Het zijn net mensen. We are encouraged to view ourselves through the prism of the government census questionnaire, so here goes: Dictators survive thanks to a lack of transparency, mensfn makes reliable journalism impossible. Perhaps they should have kept nte title, but jkris again, perhaps the book is just crap.

In the book I am trying to be as critical of correspondents as correspondents are of the rest of humanity.

In Israel yet other filters apply; correspondents there encounter an extremely well-oiled propaganda machine. Welcome to my website which like most writers I use for three things: But is this an accurate picture?

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In the US, the book has received no attention whatsoever, something it more or less predicts. Western media reports give the impression — to take the first question only — that Bin Laden has a large worldwide following. Volg mij op Twitter.

Luyendijk gives several disconcerting examples. The main conclusion of this provocative book is that our image of the Middle East is coloured by all kinds of filters.

For English readers

But he describes all this very enjoyably, with humour, extremely accessibly, and without sparing himself. There are a few other reviews in English, from Australia: In the mids, I did a year of anthropological fieldwork in the Egyptian capital of Cairo.

One of the most important of these, for the written press as well as the visual media, is television.

For two year I was active on the JorisLuyendijk Banking blog for the Guardian in London, an experiment in long-tail journalism. He backs up his arguments briskly and with verve, using numerous vivid anecdotes. Do we really know what is going on in the Arab world? Change itself seems to be changing, and incredible new opportunities for the collection, presentation and delivery of information are opening up.


These days I have gotten very interested in the web, and more generally, zimn this stunning transformation all of us are living through.

Also on special offer is an account of my time as a correspondent in the Middle East. Schrijvers en vertalers Boeken.

Het zijn net mensen

The big American television networks decide the news agenda and newspaper journalists tend to run along behind them, trying to keep up. Joris Luyendijk has written an almost philosophical reportage about the shortcomings of journalism. This makes it an important book, essential reading not only for journalists but for all newspaper readers and television viewers who assume that the information they receive menden truly objective.

By I had had enough and returned to the Netherlands to write a book. He was editor-in-chief of Move Your World Magazine about young people and development cooperation. It even won a few prizes in Holland and France, and there are now a dozen or so translations.

This is why the Arab Spring or Awakening came as such a surprise: This book makes two main arguments. Het is a good observer; his style is impossible to fault and, happily, he is not lacking in self-mockery.