by LIZZY BLACKMON
I attended the evening presentation Kristen Chick gave about her experience promoting democracy in the Middle East.
She has her Bachelor's degree in journalism, speaks Arabic, and has an adventurous spirit, which make her a good reporter for Egypt. She works for the Christian Science Monitor which stills prints a weekly paper, but is more focused on their online news cite which is updated frequently.
Chick mostly gave an in-depth history of Egypt in terms of politics. "There has been a roll back of freedom in the last year in Egypt," Chick said. There is an official government that controls who can run against it in elections. The elections are said to be free, but in reality are not. The people of Egypt did not think highly of president Bush because of under his term scandals such as Abu Dhabi and Guantanamo bay made the administration appear hypocritical for encouraging Egypt to stop their unethical behaviors. Though many Egyptians were optimistic when President Obama was elected, they ended up being disappointed because his administration has not made Egypt's human rights violations a top priority
I would imagine being a reporter in Egypt with all the political secrecy would be scary. In America, we're not too worried about our reporters disappearing after criticizing a political official. The stories of other American reporters disappearing or being kidnapped worldwide made me wonder if Chick feared the same at some points in her career.