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Last gleaming of the liberal democratic age?

Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten (left) and Prime Minister Scott Morrison during Question Time in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, September 18, 2018. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING

Australia’s media and politicians have eschewed the serious debates of the past to engage in an endless and senseless culture war, writes Malcolm King. InDaily The great liberal democratic experiment born from the American and French Revolutions is dying. Reason is in retreat as political chaos marches on Britain, Western Europe, America and Australia. Trust in politicians, financial institutions, the media and the church, has crumbled. We lost our vision for Australia and forgot our history – or were never ... Read More »

Behrouz Boochani wins Anna Politkovskaya award for Manus Island writing

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Iranian Kurdish refugee recognised for documenting Australia’s offshore detention Naaman Zhou The Guardian Iranian Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani has won the Anna Politkovskaya investigative journalism award for his work documenting Australia’s offshore immigration detention program. The award, named after the Russian journalist who was killed in Moscow in 2006, is bestowed by the Italian magazine Internazionale each year during the Internazionale festival to recognise excellence in investigative reporting. Boochani, a… Behrouz Boochani wins… Read More »

Aung San Suu Kyi’s extraordinary fall from grace

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Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s civilian leader and de facto president, is under fire from all sides. Domestically, she is facing growing criticism for stalled economic and political reforms, glacial progress on policy and service improvements, and the suppression of freedom of expression and press freedom. Authors: The Conversation But it is her international reputation that is most in tatters. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate, imprisoned for 15 years over a 21-year period in her struggle for human rights and ... Read More »

Australia’s obsession with opinion polls is eroding political leadership

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In its early days, political opinion polling’s leading advocate, George Gallup, sold it as an essential tool for democracy. Ian Cook The Conversation He believed polling made for better representation because it allowed politicians to take the people’s “pulse”. But opinion polling didn’t so much enhance democracy as remake it. Thanks to Gallup, polls have become so ubiquitous in modern-day politics that we’re now convinced they can accurately predict elections. (Even though Donald Trump’s surprising victory in the 2016 US ... Read More »

Assange steps down as editor of Wikileaks

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Julian Assange has stepped down as editor of WikiLeaks as he continues to be denied access to the internet and other forms of communications. Alan Jones, Associated Press Herald Sun Assange, who has been living inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London for over six years, will continue as publisher. The Ecuador Government decided over six months ago to cut off his communications and limit visits to members of his legal team. He will be replaced as editor by Kristinn Hrafnsson, ... Read More »

Why you need to delete your old social media accounts

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Social media is the gift that keeps on giving. On the happy side, it’s a great way to stay in contact with friends, enjoy the delicious schadenfreude caused by seeing your high school bullies languish in the mediocre lives they swore you were doomed to have, and… Alice Clarke Brisbane Times Plus there are cats. On the darker side, if you ever become successful, things you said while testing out your voice and opinions as a teenager (or other breed ... Read More »

‘They fricken hate her’: Full Emma Alberici email shows Justin Milne was not taken out of context

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The full text of an email sent by former ABC chairman Justin Milne about journalist Emma Alberici reveals he wanted the high-profile presenter sacked because she was “sticking it” to the government with a “clear bias”. Michael Koziol & Jennifer Duke The Sydney Morning Herald Mr Milne, who resigned as chairman of the public broadcaster on Thursday, complained in an ABC interview that his email to former managing director Michelle Guthrie was presented “out of context” when Fairfax Media broke ... Read More »

Gaven Morris: ABC’s independence is our most precious asset

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Today, the Australian public has asked to be reassured that the ABC’s independence is protected. It has been and it always will be. By Director of News, Analysis and Investigations Gaven Morris ABC Australia’s public broadcaster acts only in the interests of the Australian public and our independence is our most precious asset. How does management protect independence? The current furore raises very important questions about what the ABC’s legislated independence means and how its management, editorial leaders, journalists and ... Read More »

A mogul and a PM’s fall

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It took several days for Malcolm Turnbull and Rupert Murdoch to set up a phone call in the middle of the week that gave Australia a new prime minister. David Crowe The Age The News Corp executive chairman had been in the country since Friday, August 10, when he flew into Sydney on the company’s Gulfstream jet, diverted from Canberra by the morning fog in the capital. This put Turnbull and his government on alert to watch for any shift ... Read More »

Three things we can all learn from people who don’t use smartphones or social media

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Many of us spend hours every day tethered to our devices, pawing at the screen to see if it will deliver a few more likes or emails, monitoring the world and honing our online presence. Authors: The Conversation Social networking platforms such as Whatsapp, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter are supposed to make us feel more connected. Yet our reliance on technology to “see” the social world around us can be a heavy burden. The Pew Research Centre recently reported ... Read More »

Jailing of Reuters journalists ‘nothing to do with freedom of expression’, says Aung San Suu Kyi

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Myanmar’s State Counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi, says two jailed Reuters journalists can appeal their seven-year sentence, and that their jailing had nothing to do with freedom of expression. ABC Asked how she felt about jailing journalists as a democratic leader, Suu Kyi said: “They were not jailed because they were journalists, they were jailed because … the court has decided that they have broken the… She made her comments at the World Economic Forum on ASEAN in Hanoi on ... Read More »

What the Herald Sun’s Serena Williams cartoon reveals about Australia’s racial history

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In the aftermath of Serena Williams’s controversial defeat at the U.S. Open, a cartoon from Australia, drawn by Mark Knight and published in the Herald Sun, made global headlines. Bo Seo The Washington Post The cartoon showed the contours of Williams’s body enlarged and fixed in a brutish pose. Critics compared it to Jim Crow caricatures such as “Little Black Sambo” and placed the cartoon in a genealogy of American blackface. Author J.K. Rowling criticized Knight for “reducing one of the greatest ... Read More »

When MSNBC or Fox News airs in public places, how do people react?

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Have you been traveling and noticed that all the televisions in an airport terminal were set to CNN? Or grabbed a drink at a bar and realized that Fox News was being broadcast to its customers? Frank Waddell The Conversation You might grouse that you’re being forced to watch something that doesn’t jive with your political views. Or maybe you think it’s no big deal – your views are already fully formed, so you can just tune it out. However, ... Read More »

Nonprofit newsrooms are reaching bigger audiences by teaming up with other outlets

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When images of NBC intern Cassie Semyon sprinting out of the Paul Manafort trial to deliver the verdict to her newsroom went viral, questions bubbled up on social media. Is she a trained runner? Was she barefoot? What was she… Magda Konieczna The Conversation What no one asked was, why was she running so fast? That was obvious: to beat the competition. After all, everyone expects journalists to fight for scoops and guard sources jealously to make sure no one ... Read More »

An open letter of complaint to the Guardian

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An Open Letter Addressed to the Readers’ Editor of the Guardian newspaper in London, dated 5 September 2018 Dear Sir Re: Image accompanying an article published by the Guardian on 3 September 2018 I am writing to make a complaint about the image of the Eastern Mediterranean accompanying an article by Elif Shafak entitled ‘Even as Turkey pulls away, the west must help its people to resist’ (hereafter ‘the Image’). The Image was published online by the Guardian on 3 September 2018 (at www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/sep/03/turkey-west-erdogan-democracy-civil-rights?CMP=share_btn_tw). I do not know whether the Image was also published in the hard copy of ... Read More »

Lies, ‘fake news’ and cover-ups: how has it come to this in Western democracies?

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The Liberal leadership spill and Malcolm Turnbull’s downfall is but the latest instalment in a game of musical chairs that has dominated Australian politics for the best part of a decade. Joseph Camilleri The Conversation For many, it has been enough to portray Tony Abbott as the villain of the story. Others have pointed to Peter Dutton and his allies as willing, though not-so-clever, accomplices. There’s also been a highlighting of the herd instinct: once self-serving mutiny gathers steam, others ... Read More »