Everyone should read journalist Jorge Ramos’ brilliant acceptance speech

Because it is quite frankly the most articulate explanation of the difference between being objective and taking a stand. They are not mutually exclusive. I had the honor of attending the CPJ awards ceremony and I was blown away by Ramos’ thoughtful remarks.

Reprinted from the Committee to Protect Journalists:

I have nothing against being balanced. Every story has at least two points of view and we have to report both. This has to be like a reflex. If a Republican said something, I bet you a Democrat has a response, and vice versa. If a president proposes a new law, the opposition should also have a say. This has to be second nature.

But to get all the facts and to present both points of view doesn’t mean that we got the story right.

When we deal with the powerful, we have to take a stand. Yes, we have to take an ethical decision and side with those who have no power. If we have to decide between being a friend or an enemy of the president, of the governor, of the dictator, it should be an easy choice: I’m a reporter and I don’t want to be your friend.

 

New story in fiction collection on surveillance in 2015

  • I wrote a science fiction story on corporate surveillance that will be featured in a new collection published by O/R Books in 2015. I’m excited about it because digital rights have increasingly formed part of my human rights work. I just joined the organization Access, where I work on these issues first hand. It’s a chance to explore how well fiction and human rights can intermingle. More soon…

Residency at the Ace Hotel in December

  • I’ll be an Artist-in-Residence at the Ace Hotel in December 2014.
  • On a chilly November night, I read at the Moby Dick Marathon in New York. It was the first time I had read the book–and I enjoyed it on multiple levels, although I was troubled by the overt racism.
  • Thanks to everyone who came out to my panels at the Brooklyn Book Festival with Lev Grossman, Lauren Beukes, Jeff Vandermeer, and Naja Marie Aidt.
  • My piece about meeting an engineer at the Nigerian space program was published in Slate. And my interview with the founder of Lagos Comicon was published at The Beat and featured in Entertainment Weekly.
  • Check out recent interviews at The People Who Write, Los Angeles Review of Books, Brittle Paper, or listen to my interview on National Public Radio.
  • Greenlight Books, Politics & Prose (DC), McNally Jackson, Strand, Farley’s Books (New Hope), Word Brooklyn, and Green Apple Books (SF).

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