notes on dutch literature

Misrepresenting the Middle East

In Non-Fiction on November 3, 2012 at 4:21 PM

people like us - misrepresenting middle east joris luyendijk

In People Like Us Dutch journalist and writer Joris Luyendijk tells the story of his five years in the Middle East in a breezy but self-critical account of “one journalist’s search for truth”. This huge bestseller in Holland, describes the five years that Luyendijk spent as a foreign correspondent.

He was one of the youngest correspondents, but fluent in Arabic, he spoke with stone throwers and terrorists, with taxi drivers and professors, with victims, aggressors and their families, experiencing first-hand the effects of dictatorship, occupation, terror and war. The more he lived through, the more surprised he became. An enormous gap yawned between what he saw as correspondent on the ground and what he later saw in the media. Luyendijk shows through powerful examples and with great humour how the media gives us a filtered, altered and manipulated image. A book full of insights about the lack of objective journalism, about media led reporting, an eye-opening account of what’s behind the news.

People Like Us was translated by Michele Hutchison and published by Soft Skull Press

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