Nov 25 2011

Charles Kurzman on ‘Missing Martyrs,’ Amy Goodman on arresting journalists


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This week on CounterSpin: The coverage of the recent arrest of a would-be Muslim terrorist ready to carry out attacks here at home had a we’ve-been-here-before feel. Whatever questions might surround this particular case, most media consumers are by now accustomed to the general presumption that Muslim terrorism is a serious, prevalent danger. University of North Carolina Islam scholar Charles Kurzman argues exactly the opposite in his recent book, The Missing Martyrs: Why There Are So Few Muslim Terrorists. He’ll join us to talk about that.

Also on CounterSpin today, some have been shocked to see that police clamping down on Occupy protests around the country have been treating reporters just like the hoi polloi, with scores of journalists arrested, sometimes roughed up, including some wearing clearly visible press credentials. New attention to the problem is welcome, but activists should know that police efforts to restrict reporters’ rights along with those of others — and showing special interest in curtailing their ability to bear witness to events — is nothing new at all; there’s history here, and it’s not even ancient. We’ll hear from author and Democracy Now! producer and host Amy Goodman about one of her and her colleagues’ own experiences of ‘committing’ independent journalism.