Independent Lens Statement on Somaly Mam

Due to the questions that have recently been raised regarding Somaly Mam, one of the women featured in Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, PBS has stopped offering to public television stations episode one of Half the Sky, which included Ms. Mam.

As Newsweek reported on May 21, 2014, elements of Mam’s personal history are under investigation.

On June 7, Nicholas Kristof, who co-wrote the book Half the Sky, fully responded to the news developments surrounding Mam here.

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  • hookstrapped

    “On June 7, Nicholas Kristof, who co-wrote the book Half the Sky, fully responded to the news developments surrounding Mam here.”

    That is NOT fully responding to the news developments. It’s a dishonest attempt to shift responsibility away from himself (as most of the comments would agree). Your characterization of Kristof’s response calls into question your own credibility, as well as highlighting your arrogance for thinking anyone would find Kristof’s response acceptable.