The murder of Jamal Khashoggi was one that rock the world of journalism with fear and shock. Many journalist spoke while a few got scared. One female journalist held the bull by the horn with her colleague. Her name is Karen Attiah. A Global Opinions editor for The Washington Post. The Ghanaian-American writer and editor born August 12, 1986 together with her colleague David Ignatius spoke with the pen and fingers and got recognised for their work. Karen Attiah and her colleague won a 2019 George Polk Award for their writing about the murder of their colleague Jamal Khashoggi.
Again, she was also named 2019 Journalist of the Year Award by the National Association of Black Journalists for her coverage of Khashoggi’s murder.
Attiah has never lower the temperature ever since. She has BECOME A LEADING VOICE FOR FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION.
In the year 2020, she received many threats from lots of people who disagreed with her opinion on racism. Some of these threats were publish in the Washington Post, Daily Mail and other news portals.
She has book on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi which is set to be released this spring. In an interview SIPA, Attiah express her fears in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic and also she did touch on her book.
WILL JOURNALISM COME OUT OF THE COVID PANDEMIC BEING MORE OR LESS TRUSTED?
As a media practitioner, I wonder and worry. We have a president who has pushed out misinformation about the virus and even masks have become politicized. Will history look back and judge us for publishing President Trump’s lies and broadcasting harmful information to Americans? I believe so. It will be a case study of what not to do during a public health crisis, when you have a leader exhibiting authoritarian impulses and no desire to cater to expertise and general safety. Over 140,000 Americans have died because of COVID. This public health crisis is a political one. If the media is part of covering politics and keeping those in power in check, we have failed.
YOUR BOOK ON THE KHASHOGGI MURDER, SAY YOUR WORD, THEN LEAVE, WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE SPRING OF 2021. HOW WAS IT WRITING ABOUT SOMETHING SO PERSONAL?
Writing the book was the hardest thing I have ever done. It was very personal and political. I needed to put aside being a journalist and dig deep into how to make scenes come alive, by putting humanity, color, detail, and emotion onto a page— which we often can’t do in a short op-ed. I had to learn to understand the power of a personal narrative. I tried to tell the truth about what I know of Jamal’s experience and what I learned about power, America, Saudi Arabia, and freedom of expression. I also discuss the missteps and mistakes when it comes to advocacy. All I can do is tell my truth and hope that will be enough. There’s so much more work to be done on Jamal’s case.
Congratulations to Karen Attiah for service. Helping to make this world a better place. She is a WOMAN OF EXCELLENCE. Class of 2020