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Dr. Matt J. Duffy serves as an assistant professor in the School of Communication and Media at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, USA. He enjoys teaching the art of good journalism, a noble profession and powerful tool for social change. Duffy worked as a journalist for several news outlets including the Boston Herald and the Marietta Daily Journal. He now teaches journalism and media law.
Duffy's research focuses on international approaches to media law. Wolters Kluwer will publish the second edition of his"Media Laws in the United Arab Emirates" in 2016. He has published more than a dozen academic articles and writes occasionally for niche publications. Duffy enjoyed a visit to Pakistan in May 2016 as part of the Fulbright Scholar program from the US State Department. Since 2012, Duffy has served on the board of the Arab-United States Association for Communication Educators, an organization that aims to improve journalism in the Middle East. He also owns Oxford Editing that he started in 2007.

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On Palestinian despair and US news

posted on February 21, 2013 at 10:56 am

Russia Today news anchor Abby Martin makes some good points about the treatment of just one Palestinian — Samer Issawi, who’s on a hunger strike in an Israeli jail. He appears to have been detained without reason and held indefinitely without any court supervision.

When the third intifada comes and we wonder what’s wrong with all those enraged Palestinians, remember this report. Terrorism seems like a valid alternative when there appears to be no movement whatsoever to alleviating excruciatingly bad conditions. That’s the predicament Palestinians find themselves in today. They, of course, share some of the blame for the current situation — but Israel, too, seems quite unwilling to make any movement toward finding a solution. Both sides need to make big concessions to find a solution to their current impasse.

On another note, the media outlet that chose to bring light to Issawi’s case is Russia Today. For various reasons, US-based outlets would rarely speak so stridently in favor of a Palestinian.

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