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Journalism Advocacy: How Three Organizations Responded to Attacks Against Journalists in Egypt
Unformatted Document Text:  either to present opposing views or to remain disinterested observers.” On the contrary, Hallin suggests “the journalist’s role is to serve as an advocate or celebrant of consensus values.” 46 For the majority of journalists, attitudes toward threats and assaults against the media clearly fall within Hallin’s Sphere of Consensus. It will always be wrong to attempt to control or suppress information through the intimidation and incarceration of journalists. It is also acceptable – and expected – for journalists to speak against such actions publicly without the need to balance their comments against another point of view. Reporters Without Borders, the International Federation of Journalists, and the Committee to Protect Journalists were able to amplify these concerns through each organization’s aggressive Egypt coverage. Through their releases, these three groups consistently held Egypt’s government accountable for its actions, demanded safe working conditions, and kept journalists’ experiences with harassment and violence in front of the international community. 46 Daniel C. Hallin, The “Uncensored War”: The Media and Vietnam, (New York: Oxford University Press, 1986), 116-117.

Authors: Cain, Butler.
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either to present opposing views or to remain disinterested observers.” On the contrary, Hallin 
suggests “the journalist’s role is to serve as an advocate or celebrant of consensus values.”
For the majority of journalists, attitudes toward threats and assaults against the media 
clearly fall within Hallin’s Sphere of Consensus. It will always be wrong to attempt to control or 
suppress information through the intimidation and incarceration of journalists. It is also 
acceptable – and expected – for journalists to speak against such actions publicly without the 
need to balance their comments against another point of view. Reporters Without Borders, the 
International Federation of Journalists, and the Committee to Protect Journalists were able to 
amplify these concerns through each organization’s aggressive Egypt coverage. Through their 
releases, these three groups consistently held Egypt’s government accountable for its actions, 
demanded safe working conditions, and kept journalists’ experiences with harassment and 
violence in front of the international community.
46 Daniel C. Hallin, The “Uncensored War”: The Media and Vietnam, (New York: Oxford University Press, 1986), 
116-117.


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