Washington Post letter writers plea for coverage of uprisings around the world

The Washington Post

Since uprisings began in the Middle East and North Africa earlier this year, messages pleading for coverage of pro-democracy movements have dominated ombudsman Patrick Pexton's email inbox: "They attach shaky cell-phone videos of horrible violence or mass protest in their countries, or they link to similar videos posted on YouTube. Most of these e-mails are in Arabic or Russian; occasionally some will be written in broken English. And all want The Post to cover their fights for democracy, the violence done to them, the injustice that they feel." Pexton says he hasn't written about the emails before because they don't directly relate to the Post's journalism. || Related: Number of imprisoned journalists reaches 15-year high (Committee to Protect Journalists)

  • Steve Myers

    Steve Myers was the managing editor of Poynter.org until August 2012, when he became the deputy managing editor and senior staff writer for The Lens, a nonprofit investigative news site in New Orleans.

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