Thursday, November 08, 2007

If history had been televised...

From the Guardian Blogs a story highly relevant to the Sandlands, I think. Veteran Egytian journalist Mohamed Hassanein Heikal recently delivered the first Reuters Lecture since the establishment of the Reuters Institute at St Anne's college, Oxford.

"Is it too farfetched to ask what would have happened had such media giants as ABC, CBS, NBC, SKY, FOX, CNN and Al Jazeera been around to record Europe's feudal conflicts and its religious, national and class wars?

"Imagine if hordes of reporters and cameras had been on hand at the St. Bartholomew massacre, when hundreds of thousands of French Huguenots were slaughtered by their Catholic compatriots, their hatred fomented by their cardinals and rulers."

Well worth reading the full speech.

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