Media Treatment of Arabs and Islam
Panel discussion featuring David Barsamian, Erwin Knoll and Saul Landau.
Moderated by James Abourezk, former Senator from South Dakota and founder of ADC, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.
One of America’s most tireless and wide-ranging investigative journalists, David Barsamian has altered the independent media landscape, both with his weekly radio program, Alternative Radio—37 years and running— and his books with Noam Chomsky, Eqbal Ahmad, Howard Zinn, Tariq Ali, Richard Wolff, Arundhati Roy and Edward Said. His latest books are Edward Said: Culture and Resistance, Retargeting Iran, Noam Chomsky, Chronicles of Dissent Interviews with David Barsamian 1984-1996. And the latest book with Chomsky is Notes on Resistance: Interviews by David Barsamian 2019-2021. David lectures on world affairs, imperialism, capitalism, propaganda, the media and global rebellions.
In 2017 Radical Desi in Vancouver presented him with their Lifetime Achievement Award. He has collaborated with the world-renowned Kronos Quartet in events in New York, London, Vienna, Boulder and San Francisco. David Barsamian is the winner of the Media Education Award, the ACLU’s Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, and the Cultural Freedom Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. The Institute for Alternative Journalism named him one of its Top Ten Media Heroes.
Erwin Knoll, a vigorous opponent of censorship and a champion of the First Amendment, was one of this country’s most distinguished journalists. He was a reporter and editor at the Washington Post and served as White House correspondent for the Newhouse Newspapers. In 1973 he became the editor of The Progressive magazine and held that position until his death in 1994.
Saul Landau was a longtime observer of the political scene. He was a Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. and the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. He authored many books, including Assassination on Embassy Row and The Guerrilla Wars of Central America. He was also an award-winning filmmaker and radio commentator. He passed away in 2013.