How 'Hotel-Room Journalism' Uncovered a Qaddafi Bunker

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Sky News' Mark Stone, stuck inside of a five-star hotel in Libya because leaving would require a government translator loyal to Muammar Qaddafi, surprised everyone with a scoop. Stone was able to use Twitter, Skype and a host of other Internet technologies to report on an underground "communications bunker" that Qaddafi had built in 1988 to use in the event of an attack without ever leaving his room.

Foreign journalists in Tripoli, who are in Libya at the invitation -- and whim -- of Muammar Qaddafi's government, spend a lot of time holed up at the five-star Rixos Hotel, and it's not just because they want to avoid the NATO airstrikes raining down on the capital. As Sky News's Mark Stone explains, it's also because they can't venture outside without government "translators" in tow, spinning the regime's side of the story and restricting the reporters' movements. Over the weekend, however, Stone managed to challenge the government's narrative of events without ever leaving the Rixos, in what he's calling "hotel-room journalism" and what Foreign Policy's Blake Hounshell is describing as a "great example of 21st century reporting."

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