Rana Sweis

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For Student Journalists, Challenges in Putting Out the School Newspaper

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There was something wrong in each of the four issues of The Bennett that students at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School produced last year. Or at least that is what the assistant principal thought. Before they went to press, she edited 50 percent to 75 percent of the articles in each issue of the student newspaper. Everything from punctuation to a review of a school performance was fair game for the administrators red pen.My students got to the point that they were saying, Why should we do this? They are going to cut it anyway, said The Bennetts adviser, Taisha Matthews... Read More

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What Egypt’s Military Council Didn’t Learn from the Revolution

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My friend Yusri Foda is the host of the Egyptian talk show, The Last Word. Yusri invited me to take part in his show to comment on a program that featured Generals Assar and Hegazy of the military council. Despite my full respect for the generals, what they said in the program was disappointing because they confined themselves to praising the decisions of the military council. The next day, Yusri called me to tell me that the show had been cancelled. When I asked him what had happened, he said, There were pressures that led to cancelling the program, so Ive decided to suspend the show. In my work, I obey only my conscience and I can never agree to take orders from any other party. ... Read More

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