Discussing (5/31/09) the “story on the two U.S. journalists detained in North Korea,” NPR Check‘s Mytwords states clearly that it “deserves coverage, as did some coverage of [Roxana] Saberi’s arrest in Iran (though not the wall to wall attention given by NPR).” But a reader‘s link to the L.A. Times‘ May 24 “article on another irregular (illegal?) detention of a journalist” sheds light on a glaring double standard:
In this case the journalist was seized by U.S. forces and its allies. The reader noted the lack of NPR coverage on the abduction/detention of Ibrahim Jassam, complaining that NPR has voiced “not a word”–which this search of NPR proves.
A glance at the Committee to Protect Journalists report for “Attacks on the Press in 2008: United States” reveals that Jassam’s case is not an anomaly (e.g., Jawed Ahmad). What is not an anomaly is NPR‘s utter disregard for, and refusal to investigate, attacks against journalists that are initiated by the United States government/military.
On this point, Mytwords notes that independent reporter “Jeremy Schahill has written incisively about the U.S. strategy of violence and intimidation against critical media and the complicity of mainstream U.S. media outlets (such as NPR) in covering it up.” See also FAIR’s Media Advisory: “U.S. Media Applaud Bombing of Iraqi TV” (3/27/03).