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Qatar launches hacking probe as fake news row spreads across Gulf

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UAE and Saudi ban Qatari media after Qatar emir quoted in fake story defending Hezbollah, Hamas and Iran… MEE and agencies  Qatar said it has launched an inquiry into an unprecedented security breach, alleging “shameful” hackers posted a fake story quoting Qatar’s leader that sparked tension with Gulf… Publication of the fake story, which hit Qatar’s official news agency website and Twitter account late on Tuesday, led to ripples of… Qatar launches hacking… Read More »

Quality journalism is about more than just unearthing scandals and injustice

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With the demise of ABC presenter Mark Colvin a fortnight ago – a journalist of exceptional intelligence and integrity – it’s difficult not to feel that his death marks the… Sarah Gill The Age The end of an era, perhaps. There’s no doubt that the week of Colvin’s passing was a pretty bleak one for Australian journalism. His final days were foreshadowed by a week-long Fairfax strike and the launch of an Australian Senate inquiry into the future of public… ... Read More »

The future of arts journalism is up to readers

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We’ve said it before and sadly, we’re saying it again. As tax-payer funded arts companies and organisations devote increasing marketing resources to advertising on Google, Facebook and their own websites, arts journalism is in… By Raymond Gill  Daily Review faces the same challenges as Fairfax Media and many other smaller publications trying to survive at a time when independent arts commentary and critique is… When we launched in 2013, we… The future of arts… Read More »

The biggest threat to free speech isn’t 18C. It’s this

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A very noisy section of the commentariat believes that the biggest threat to free speech in Australia is anti-discrimination law, particularly the “offend and insult” provision, section 18C. Michael Bachelard Brisbane Times They are wrong. A far bigger threat is defamation law. Yes, it’s a threat to the media, and to investigative journalism particularly. But it’s also a… The biggest threat… Read More »

Decent, trusted journalism is worth fighting for. We have to find a way

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The job cuts at Fairfax are just a symptom of the threats to all of us who care about serious reporting and the health of our public conversation Lenore Taylor The Guardian Another hundred journalists lose their jobs. More headlines record a crisis that jeopardises our continued ability to record, or write headlines, about… The Fairfax Media journalists striking to try to salvage their profession are respected colleagues, former… Decent, trusted journalism… Read More »

Wikipedia Is Latest Victim of Turkey’s Frenzy Over ISIS Reporting

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Any report or hint that links Turkey to jihadi operatives in Syria is certainly bound to draw ire of Ankara. And the world’s biggest online encyclopedia Wikipedia is no exception. Abdullah Ayasun The Global Post It has become the latest victim of Turkey’s frenzy over the matter. When Turkey blocked access to interactive online encyclopedia Wikipedia last week, it… Wikipedia Is Latest… Read More »

‘A government without newspapers’: why everyone should care about the cuts at Fairfax

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The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. Johan Lidberg The Conversation This is an oft-used quote by one of the Founding Fathers and the third US president, Thomas Jefferson. He penned it… A government without… Read More »

I’m Turkish Journalist. I Left Everything Behind For Honest Reporting

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I am a Turkish journalist and I’m coming from a country that has the highest number of imprisoned or exiled journalists in the world. Arzu Yildiz The Global Post Aside from journalists, I am from a country where even a police dog was exiled after it was claimed to be a dissident. Remember that Syria-bound trucks carrying arms and intercepted on the border? I was the first journalist to break that… I’m Turkish Journalist… Read More »

Kim Dalton accuses ABC TV of shifting funds from Australian content

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Former ABC TV head says lack of transparency, more than budget cuts, is to blame for neglect of local drama, and Indigenous, documentary and… Amanda Meade The Guardian The ABC’s budget for local drama, Indigenous, documentary and children’s TV has been quietly shrinking since 2013 as management siphons off millions of dollars into other areas of the… In an essay published on Monday Dalton said ABC management and boards were… Kim Dalton accuses… Read More »

2017 World Press Freedom Index – tipping point

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Analyses – The 2017 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reflects a world in which attacks on the media have become commonplace and strongmen are on the rise. We have reached the age of post-truth, propaganda, and suppression of freedoms – especially in democracies. Читать по-русски / Read in Russian I. Democracies falling, advent of strongmen RSF’s latest World Press Freedom Index highlights the danger of a 2017 World Press… Read More »

Ansip and Oettinger — the odd couple

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Facebook status: It’s complicated. When the bright and powerful gather this week at Commissioner Günther Oettinger’s “mini-Davos” for two days of skiing, schmoozing and… JOANNA PLUCINSKA Politico The yearly confab in the idyllic Austrian ski town of Lech will include lobbyists, EU heavyweights and industry… With the conference in its sixth year, invitations are more… Ansip and Oettinger… Read More »

Martyrdom and Media

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Although sensitivity toward others’ griefs can diminish over time for those who have not lost their loved ones, journalists must respect the pain and wishes of families while covering the story Ibrahim Altay Daily Sabah When we immerse ourselves with our jobs and start to get swept by the fast flowing nature of the news, it is easy to forget that there is more to journalism than reaching the maximum audience… Martyrdom and… Read More »

Outrage makes you feel good, but doesn’t change minds

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The left must learn that moral outrage will never win an argument Sonia Sodha The Guardian It took but a quick click, but even as I joined the collective expression of disgust on social media at last week’s Daily Mail “Legs-it” front page I felt a bit sheepish. Not because juxtaposing Outrage makes you… Read More »

New World Disorder – Disintegration Stage Commences

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The mainstream media has a new in vogue phrase and you are sure to have heard it by now – ‘the rules based international order (or system)’. Graham Vanbergen Global Research The Royal Institute of International Affairs based in London, commonly known as Chatham House commented a several years ago that“Economic and political upheavals are emboldening… New World Disorder… Read More »

World Agrees To Just Take Down Internet For A While Until They Can Find A Good Use For It

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NEW YORK—Saying the global computer network will cease to be available to users as of midnight tonight, the people of the world announced plans Wednesday to shut down the entire internet… Godaddy The Onion According to the earth’s 7.5 billion inhabitants, the internet—a technology that allows every human on the face of the planet to communicate and share data with every other human—seemed like an… World Agrees To… Read More »

The Public Enemies of World Truth

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Why can’t 21st century media just report news and separate opinion? Phil Butler Global Research Maybe straight news that allows readers, viewers, and listeners to discern the truth is just inefficient. Maybe the few… The Public Enemies… Read More »