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Monthly arts and media column

Just telling the story?

Our understanding of the Haitian earthquake is enabled by today’s communication technology. As soon as the earthquake hit, everyone in the world could access information and pictures. As soon as the journalists got there, we had the reports, the maps, the statistics, the individual human stories of suffering and loss.

Eleanor Margesson

Yet, on arriving in Haiti, the journalists were faced with appalling choices when they got to areas of devastation before aid agencies and found injury, homelessness, the demolition of infrastructure, scarcity of medicine and electricity. What job were they there to do?