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When Journalists Are the Impersonators
When Lebanese officials prevented him from entering the Nahr el-Bared refugee camp, reporter Raed Rafei volunteered with a humanitarian organization to gain access. After distributing a few bottles of water, he switched back to reporter mode to file this dispatch. Rafei admitted as much on an LA Times blog.
It’s a gutsy way to get an important story.
It also raises a question: If reporters can pass themselves off as humanitarian workers for a scoop, do they have any right to protest when Israeli police (or, dare I say, Palestinian terrorists) pass themselves off as journalists?
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