An article in the New York Times about unrest in Tibet and a Chinese crackdown, features an atypical self-reference by a journalist:

This reporter got a rare look at the clampdown because he was recently driven through the Tibetan areas of arid Gansu Province while being detained by the police for 20 hours.

I was struck by this, and wanted to know more. The real experiences of reporters at the hands of repressive authorities are often as or more telling than their efforts to round up a summary of others’ claims.

What do you think? Would you like to see reporters more frequently describing their efforts to share the truth with the world, and to make more transparent the process of news-gathering?


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    Russ Baker is Editor-in-Chief of WhoWhatWhy. He is an award-winning investigative journalist who specializes in exploring power dynamics behind major events.

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