Journalists in Egypt have been attacked in the streets and are under great criticism from the government as violence persists in the country. The government has been denounced globally for its crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood protests and subsequent violence. It has, in turn, accused journalists of bias and inaccuracy. Western journalists have been attacked, threatened and intimidated in Cairo.
On Sunday, The New York Times Magazine published an extensive account of how documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras helped under exceptionally challenging circumstances to deliver Edward Snowden's surveillance secrets to the world, via Glenn Greenwald, who writes for The Guardian and others. On the weekend Greenwald's partner was detained for nine hours for interrogation by U.K. authorities. Greenwald wrote it was a failed attempt at intimidation.
Is it the best of times or the worst of times for journalism? Depends, says Mathew Ingram, in writing for GigaOm. If you are assessing journalism as a business, it's tough; if it's a calling, quite the opposite. Ingram notes the reach, space, instant correction and access make for a golden age. If, on the other hand, you're looking at journalism more narrowly (in business terms), it isn't an easy time.