Media

Hugh Linehan: Is it time for publicly funding serious journalism?

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Threat to public-interest journalism from market decline raises issue of State support Hugh Linehan The Irish Times The first regular commission I had with this newspaper was writing the Film of the Day for the TV listings page. It was only 50 words, but I do recall being pleased when someone pointed out market research which showed it was the most-read page in the… I wonder whether that’s still the… Hugh Linehan: Is… Read More »

Saudi Arabia & allies demand Qatar close Turkish base, shut Al-Jazeera and more within 10 days

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The Arab states which have imposed an economic blockade on Qatar over its alleged financing of terrorism have issued a severe list of demands, which includes giving Doha 10 days to cut ties with Iran, shutting down Al-Jazeera, closing a Turkish military base and… RT The Kuwait emissary, which is serving a mediator in the diplomatic standoff, has reportedly presented the list of 13 demands from the… Doha has 10 days to comply, according to Associated Press which has seen ... Read More »

Government can support public interest journalism in Australia – here’s how

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Independent journalism’s importance to healthy democracies is undisputed. Johan Lidberg The Conversation In a time of rising autocratic tendencies around the world, this independent check on power is more needed than ever. This is well illustrated by US President Donald Trump’s disrespect for the balance-of-power doctrine in general and for the US judiciary in… Government can support… Read More »

Mixed media: how Australia’s newspapers became locked in a war of left versus right

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We are living through a period of fragmentation and polarisation in public discourse on a scale mankind has not before experienced. Denis Muller The Conversation By far the greatest fragmenting and polarising force is social media. An increasing proportion of the population, especially those under 40, get their news from social media, overwhelmingly from Face… The algorithms that tailor what Facebook prioritises for… Mixed media: how… Read More »

Facebook and Twitter are being used to manipulate public opinion – report

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Nine-country study finds widespread use of social media for promoting lies, misinformation and propaganda by governments and individuals Alex Hern The Guardian Propaganda on social media is being used to manipulate public opinion around the world, a new set of studies from the University of Oxford has… From Russia, where around 45% of highly active Twitter accounts are bots, to Taiwan, where a campaign against President Tsai Ing-wen involved thousands of… Facebook and Twitter… Read More »

News Australia loses appeal in Federal Court on $15m tax bill

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Australia’s highest-risk taxpayer has lost an appeal in the Federal Court on a $15 million tax bill relating to interest income. Nassim Khadem Brisbane Times Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation has been in long-running legal battles with the ATO and in 2015 was outed as the nation’s highest risk taxpayer. On Thursday the Federal Court’s Justice Tony Pagone dismissed News Australia Holding’s appeal relating to an old tax assessment amounting to about… News Australia loses… Read More »

‘Inspiring’ reporter and journalism educator Jill Singer dead at 60

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Journalist Jill Singer has died at the age of 60 The award-winning reporter, who also taught scores of journalists while at RMIT University, was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder earlier this year. Broede Carmody Michael Lallo The Sydney Morning Herald Her family announced her death on Facebook, remembering her as a “bright life who made a difference”. Former students have flocked to her Facebook page to leave tributes, remembering her as an… ‘Inspiring’ reporter and… Read More »

When politicians bully, judges and journalists need to stand firm

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Donald Trump and Peter Dutton have both criticised the judiciary and the media. What does it say about their grasp of the functions of democracy? Richard Ackland The Guardian ”We had a very smooth roll out of the travel ban, but we had a bad court. We’ve had a bad decision.” That was Donald Trump at his White House press conference after the ninth circuit court of… When politicians bully… Read More »

Cyprus Responds to Bloomberg Article: Nicos Christodoulides

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To the Editor: Re article, “EU Passports for Sale in Cyprus Lure Rich Russians” (Originally published on May 11): Whilst we are strong advocates of independent and οbjective journalism, we regret to note that this article remains in our view a biased account. Bloomberg The citizenship by investment program is an investment program and in no way constitutes a “sale οf ΕU passports,” “sale οf ΕU citizenship” or “money-for-passports program” as is repeatedly and… Cyprus Responds to… Read More »

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 »