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Under the Nazis’ Thumb: A lunch and learn
April 3, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
How the world’s biggest news agency struggled (and sometimes failed) to cover news from Hitler’s Germany.
In this presentation, based on original archival research, Gene Allen outlines the pressures that foreign journalists working in Nazi Germany faced in the 1930s, and examines the compromises that the Berlin bureau of Associated Press made to keep threats of expulsion at bay. AP’s experience raises questions that remain highly relevant today, as authoritarian regimes around the world use versions of the methods pioneered by the Nazis. Where should journalists draw the line — or should they draw a line at all — between reporting all the facts and maintaining a position that allows them to get at least some of the news? And how open should journalists be — as AP was definitely not — about the compromises made, and the justification for them?