The fact that the press is ill hasnít been breaking news for quite some time. Diseases of the media have, of course, economic causes and are related to the great changes on the market (online consumption of information, disappearance of classic sources of financing, democratisation of access to technology). But other symptoms are of interest here: intoxication, pathological manipulation, abject sensationalism, unscrupulous servility towards political-economic interests. Is there an antidote for such serious symptoms? Can they be opposed by serious documentation, empathy towards the subject and the people around it, balanced involvement? Or at least through humor, modesty and sarcasm? The factotum manager of the local station in Partenico (Sicily) who fights the mob, the Australian director determined to stop gas drilling in the park where she strolls with her daughter, the British photographer who looks at his subjects so close that he puts his life in danger or the Chinese citizens who try to avoid censorship online: they all have something in common.
But how can one be involved without making some sort of propaganda? Its ghost haunts every corner of the earth. Perhaps thereís something to be learned from North-Korean filmmakers who follow the lead of Kim Jong-Il?! In Egypt, life in the offices of the most important government newspaper, former central body of Mubarakís dictatorship, progresses along the patterns set before the revolution. The street may be freer, but workplaces, antechambers and hallways breathe lies and turn journalists into robots working for the manipulation factory. The medical record of the press is complicated and there are no known cures as of yet. (A S)