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MOSAIC: World News from the Middle East

Here are some reactions to our showing at our monthly meeting of the program Mosaic, which has created such controversy in Newton. Two of our members taped a segment of the program and showed it on large screen last night to an audience of about 60 people. Because many of us do not have cable TV, it seemed appropriate to view it directly.

 The program consists of clips of news broadcasts from a variety of Middle Eastern countries, including Israel. The announcers are not polished newscasters, but here are some of the reactions we received:

  “I found the experience of [Mosaic]images and stories from various parts of the Middle East both informative and intriguing. Viewing Mosaic was an opportunity to familiarize myself with the unfamiliar and thus to face my fears about undue influence.”

  “The evening was great - The Mosaic program very educational - it was great to hear the news given by announcers and citizens from the different countries.  I thought the content was relatively straight forward with little obvious bias.  Some of the information had never been included in our US publications and seemed both interesting and worthy of presentation.   The group discussions and audience participation after the Mosaic film was really 'dialogue' at its best.” 

 “Mosaic presents a point of view from alternative establishments and shows people with darker skin tones and alternative ways of dressing expressing themselves articulately.”

Now we urge YOU to watch for yourself: Tuesdays on NewTV at 10:30 P.M. Also, be sure to check Democracy Now, which is shown every morning on NewTV, also through Comcast Channel 10 or RCN Channel 15.

If you have any questions about NewTV's programming or policies, you may call the executive director, Paul Berg at 617-965-7200, Extension 17, or write to him at:
Paul Berg, Executive Director
NewTV P.O. Box 610192
Newton MA 02461-0192

Mosaic features selections from daily TV news programs produced by national broadcasters throughout the Middle East. The news reports are presented unedited and translated, when necessary, into English.

 Mosaic includes television news broadcasts from selected national and regional entities. Some of the broadcasters are state controlled and others are private networks, often affiliated with political factions. These news reports are regularly watched by 280 million people in 22 countries all over the Middle East.

 Link TV is the first nationwide television network dedicated entirely to programs that offer a global perspective on world issues and culture. The non-commercial Link TV is available as a free basic service in the over 21 million U.S. homes that receive DIRECTV (channel 375) and EchoStar's DISH Network (channel 9410).

Contact information:
P.0. Box 2008
San Francisco, CA 94126