In response to my broader moral argument, Mr. Martin vociferously disavows any anti-Israel bias. “I never criticized a ‘Jewish state’ in my report,” he writes. Yet to casually place Israel on the same moral plane as Eritrea and other authoritarian countries is indeed to unfairly target the Jewish state. Nor was Mr. Martin doing Israel any favors by discounting the number of journalists detained by Hamas in Gaza: How could the Israelis be held responsible for writers detained by an Islamist movement on territory they withdrew from some seven years ago? I of course thank Mr. Martin for speaking out against curtailments of free speech everywhere. But in doing so, Mr. Martin makes no philosophical distinction between democracies and unfree states. This episode, I hope, has revealed the perils of such a position.
Behind the News
05:25 AM - April 16, 2012
Statistics and Moral Sense
A dialogue about Justin Martin’s “Which Countries Jail the Most Journalists Per Capita?”
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Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
Maybe everything when that name is “Satoshi Nakamoto”
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The numbers on the Daily Mail don’t add up
Conservation group calls for donations of small knitted jumpers for birds who have been caught in oil spills
Stunning timelapse of Yosemite National Park
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.