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[Nettime-nl] World news on the cheap in Cairo November 2011: who speaks
Tjebbe van Tijen via Chello on Fri, 25 Nov 2011 12:59:01 +0100 (CET)


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[Nettime-nl] World news on the cheap in Cairo November 2011: who speaks English here?


World news on the cheap in Cairo November 2011: who speaks English here?

The illustrated version can be found here:

http://limpingmessenger.wordpress.com/2011/11/25/world-news-on-the-cheap-in-cairo-november-2011-who-speaks-english-here/

November 25, 2011 by Tjebbe van Tijen


[tableau who speaks English/Arabic here?]

WORLD NEWS ON THE CHEAP like yesterday a Dutch crew of the national television news (NOS Journaal) in Egypt doing âstreet interviewsâ and proving that the support for the Egypt Revolution is faltering with two third of those interviewed speaking some form of English and it is not just the Dutch television news having this amateur approach. Gone are the days of a correspondent in Cairo for the Arab world, gone are the days of at least having a journalist speaking Arabic being part of a crew, gone is any historical knowledge on the part of the journalists, at best a quick check of Wikipedia before leaving or in the hotel roomâ. as a multi-cultural nation it is a shame that the Netherlands have not been able to train and recruit a group of say Moroccan young students to become journalists for events in the Arabic worldâ.

âWho speaks English here?â asks the camera crew on Tahrir Square in Cairo and when people on the street might return the question to them  (hal tatakallam al-lughah al-âarabÄyah?) ÙÙ ØØÙÙÙ ØÙÙØØ ØÙØØØÙØØ, they fail to understand.
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