Slovenia tries very hard to deny its past and present itself as a showcase for the New Europe. Yet there is an entire section of the penal code covering “crimes of honor,” as if dueling were just being phased out. Instead of pistols at dawn, there is lawyers and endless litigation. This is the opposite of the delusion of Jeffersonian democracy that brought me to this tiny new republic. I still can’t really believe that I almost went to jail for what was, at the end of the day, just name calling.
Behind the News
12:12 PM - January 20, 2010
The Truth Is No Defense
How an op-ed in a Slovenian daily left one American facing a prison sentence
Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open
The press is responsible for ignoring Bill Cosby rape allegations - Where were journalists 10 years ago when claims originally surfaced against him?
Journalism has a plagiarism problem. But it’s not the one you’d expect - Fareed Zakaria’s case highlights news organizations’ ethical grey areas
4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers
Will radio save science journalism? - WNYC will soon have a new health unit
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
“[T]here was little that justified CNN’s egocentric coverage”
“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”
“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”
“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”
Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.