When you just discovered your blind spots, what to do?

(This article is written as a result of the serious debate on Twitter (in The Netherlands) about the new book of anthropologist, writer and journalist Joris Luyendijk. Read more about that here). Credits: Usman Yousaf for Unsplash. Dear Joris and everyone who just discovered their blind spots, As a white woman who has been through … Continue reading When you just discovered your blind spots, what to do?

When a white privileged man does self-reflection, we’re going in the right direction

Dutch anthropologist, writer and journalist Joris Luyendijk publishes his new book soon and in the run-up to the publication, he appears in two Dutch national newspapers this weekend. The title of his book is “The seven checkmarks” which refers to seven characteristics he holds that make him a privileged human being. First of all, he … Continue reading When a white privileged man does self-reflection, we’re going in the right direction

Journalists can strive for objectivity but can never be completely neutral

The Israel-Palestine conflict is in the midst of the worst unrest it’s seen in years. It started in the predominantly Palestinian neighborhood in East Jerusalem where Palestinians are forced out of their homes by Israeli settlers.  Needless to say, this conflict is one of the most sensitive issues to report on in journalism. And therefore … Continue reading Journalists can strive for objectivity but can never be completely neutral

The latest violence in the Israel-Palestine conflict creates renewed momentum

There is so much going on at the moment, it’s almost hard to keep up with all the articles and posts that are being published about the Israel-Palestine conflict. One thing seems clear though: all the uproar brings cracks in the old beliefs about the justification of the state of Israel.And because it’s so easy … Continue reading The latest violence in the Israel-Palestine conflict creates renewed momentum

The white privilege behavior of foreigners in Bali is counterproductive and disrespectful

The first thing I read this morning was an article at Voice of America (VOA) Indonesia in bahasa indonesia with the title “‘White Privilege' and the pros and cons of health protocols in Bali”. A few foreigners are quoted in the article, one of them a Spanish national called Jorge who said he was planning … Continue reading The white privilege behavior of foreigners in Bali is counterproductive and disrespectful

Why should we decolonize journalism? Here are 8 reasons.

The word 'decolonization' has become widespread since last year, at least to my perception. There are calls on social media to decolonize our education system, our traveling, our yoga, our food and so on. What does it actually mean to decolonize?The term is used when we’re talking about a country that withdraws from its colony, … Continue reading Why should we decolonize journalism? Here are 8 reasons.

We should stop parachuting Western journalists into foreign countries

CNN journalist Clarissa Ward shared the boarding pass of her flight to Myanmar on Twitter and immediately received a lot of backlashes. Her tweet has almost seven thousands comments, a lot of them calling her visit into question, as the country is under military rule since the coup in the beginning of February and she apparently … Continue reading We should stop parachuting Western journalists into foreign countries