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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

The Hot Zone

Yahoo, clearly keen on being taken seriously as a news provider, has hired journalist Kevin Sites to report on the world's war zones. Kevin Sites in the Hot Zone will provide audio, video and written commentary on Site's year-long journey to "every armed conflict in the world."

Sites is a gutsy journalist and will no doubt provide intriguing insights during his travels. His "declaration of principles" makes for interesting reading. This sounds encouraging:

"We will be aggressive in pursuing the stories that are not getting mainstream coverage and we will put a human face on them. We will not chase headlines nor adhere to pack journalism but vigorously pursue the stories in front of and behind the conflict, the small stories that when strung together illustrate a more complete picture."

September 26 is launch day.


Blogger Glenn Condell said...

Yahoo might want to be taken seriously but if they keep folding (a la Murdoch) in the face of oppressive govts like that of China, they won't be.

Perhaps they could send Kevin Sites off to interview Shi Tao.,1,7495610.story?coll=la-headlines-world&ctrack=1&cset=true

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 5:55:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Yep, I should have mentioned the Yahoo situation in China. It's worrying and so predictable. The Sites gig could be interesting, but I'm under no illusion that these multinationals talk the talk, but will do whatever it takes to make a buck.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 6:17:00 pm  

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