Yemen

The interview I gave to ProMozaik, published on July 5, 2020

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Link to the interview: https://promosaik.blogspot.com/2020/07/mohsen-abdelmoumen-racism-is-only-gross.html

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: « Racism is only the gross expression of filthy ignorance »

By Milena Rampoldi, ProMosaik. In the following my interview with Mohsen Abdelmoumen, a journalist focusing on matters which are very important to me, like Yemen, Western Sahara, Palestine and who also treats matters like human rights, even if this term as he says, is misused, ethics in journalism and the struggle against the discrimination of people because of their ethnic origin and religious orientation. Another important matter in this interview concerns the importance of anti-imperialist views which must not remain unexpressed by engaged journalists. Would like to thank Mohsen very much for his time and precious answers.

Why did you decide to become a journalist?

It’s always difficult to talk about oneself because I grew up and lived in a world where we rarely talk about ourselves. Furthermore, having experienced commitment and activism at a very young age, I have learned that when one becomes politically committed – especially by being on the revolutionary left – to just causes such as social justice, freedom, etc., one is not used to talking about oneself. On the contrary, we give much more than we receive. Concerning the circumstances, I think that to be a journalist, it took a combination of factors, a kind of destiny. I started when I was very young, writing for myself in Arabic and French. My political commitment pushed me into permanent reading, be it books or texts. A friend of mine who is an occupational doctor then suggested to set up a local newspaper with his friends in Béjaïa, Algeria. The project did not come to fruition, yet we had started to set up the administrative process and so on. In the meantime, I was in contact with an Algerian news agency to which I sent dispatches and articles about current events in the city where I was. They were very interested in my work. At that time, we were living through a war against terrorism in which hundreds of thousands of Algerians paid with their lives, and many of the projects I was considering did not succeed.

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