Dave Ender’s Baghadad Bulletin faces an uncertain future, although you won’t find anything about this former news reporter for the Michigan Daily in that newspaper: this account is in the Detroit Free Press. I guess challenging the editors on issues like the boycott earns one a lifetime ban!

U-M grad battles for Iraq magazine

Next week, he’ll be back in Baghdad, using his broken Arabic to snoop for news and hoping to keep afloat his dream of a free press for Iraq.

In the meantime, the cofounder of the Baghdad Bulletin is at home in Michigan, hunting for a monetary miracle to keep publishing his 4-month-old English-language news magazine.

“We’ve been holding things together by sheer willpower,” said David Enders, the Grand Rapids native and spring 2003 graduate of the University of Michigan who started the twice-monthly news magazine with a British friend.

That’s a loss for readers both in Iraq and in the United States — particularly in metro Detroit’s large Arab-American community, said Osama Siblani, publisher of the Arab American News, based in Dearborn.

“The Iraqi community here needs to have a source that is not tied to political parties and has no religious affiliation,” Siblani said. “An independent, credible publication will give a better view– an honest view — of what’s going on.” (more) “

Author: Rob