Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Lost in Translation

An Iranian Blogger in Toronto, Hossein Derakhshan (aka Hoder), spots what's "lost in translation" in Nicholas D. Kristof's multimedia report from Iran, "Six Questions for Iran" (New York Times, May 19, 2004):
For instance, the young farmer in the second part of the first question, talks about someone who has been thrown out of the parliament because of his or her constant criticism, but the English subtitles are about the chance of Shah's son to return and how things were better in Shah's time, which is also mentioned by Mr. Kristof himself. . . .

Unfortunately the young farmer's clip is not the only example of such problem. ("New York Times' Gaffe," Editor: Myself, May 21, 2004)
Contact the New York Times ombudsman and ask him to look into the paper's translation troubles:
Daniel Okrent, Public Editor
Phone: (212) 556-7652
Toll free comment line: 1-888-NYT-NEWS

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