Revisiting Kony 2012

Today in Intro to Media we’re going to talk about Kony 2012, touted as the most watched human rights video of all time.

For discussion:

Naked meltdown: Jason Russell, the man behind Kony 2012, freaks out on a San Diego street corner. He later explained in this video:

My mind betrayed me and I was hospitalized. If you’re put in the position to give answers to every question a dozen times over, your mind starts to lose track of where you are, if you’ve slept, who’s for you, who’s against you.

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Oprah’s interview with Russell:
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Journalists in peril

Anja Niedringhaus. Credit: PETER DEJONG, AP

Anja Niedringhaus. Credit: PETER DEJONG, AP

Today in Intro to Media we’re going to talk about press freedom and the dangers that journalists face while doing their jobs.
We’ll look at photos taken by Anja Niedringhaus, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer who was killed in Afghanistan on April 4. David Guttenfelder, who worked with Niedringhaus, said he was devastated by her death. He told National Geographic:

She covered every major conflict, every massive world-changing event of the past 25 years. She was unflinchingly brave. Not in a cavalier way, but more like “This is very dangerous. But it’s important. It has to be done. It has to be covered. Who else is going to do it? I’m going.”

See Anja Niedringhaus’ portfolio

Source: Freedom House

Source: Freedom House

Organizations that promote freedom of the press

Freedom House
Press freedom 2013 (download 2013 report)
Committee to Protect Journalists. Case of Gregorio Jiménez de la Cruz
Number of journalists killed since 1982
Reporters without Borders
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