Media

Tech giants pledge unprecedented action to tackle terrorist content

US technology behemoths Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon and Twitter will join forces as part of an unprecedented push against the sharing of terrorist content in the aftermath of the… Jennifer Duke The Sydney Morning Herald In a nine-point agreement released overnight, the first of its kind, the competing multi-billion dollar businesses pledge to reconsider livestreaming safeguards and to work together to develop tools to improve the… The move comes amid intensifying global pressure on the companies to be more accountable ... Read More »

Mounting evidence the tide is turning on News Corp, and its owner

There is mounting evidence that Australia is sick of Rupert Murdoch and the political propaganda machine he runs in the guise of a news organisation. Denis Muller The Conversation In January, Bill Shorten rebuffed an open-ended offer to meet Murdoch whenever the opposition leader was in the United States. According to the ABC’s 7.30 political editor, Laura Tingle, Shorten replied that any dealings he had with News Corp would be conducted with the company’s representatives in Australia. This was a ... Read More »

Mena Mangal: Journalist and women’s rights campaigner shot dead in broad daylight in Kabul

‘This woman had already shared that her life was in danger. Why did nothing happen? We need answers’ Abby Young-Powell The Independent An Afghan journalist and political advisor, who was vocal about women’s rights in the country, has been gunned down in broad daylight, just days after saying she believed her life was in danger. Mena Mangal was shot dead on Saturday morning in a public place while she was on her way to work in the capital city of Kabul. ... Read More »

Inside Facebook’s European election war room

The social network has created a team in Dublin to counter wrongdoing, but political ads and misinformation are still reaching voters. Mark Scott Politico DUBLIN — In a sparsely decorated office in the center of the Irish capital, dozens of Facebook staffers are working to protect the upcoming European election. The group of twentysomething coders, engineers and content specialists sit hunched over multiple screens, scanning the platform for potential illegal behavior. Wall-mounted television monitors keep them up to date on the latest ... Read More »

Facebook bans US extremist figures

Facebook Inc says it is banning American conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and other controversial US political personalities for violating the social media company’s policies on… Katie Paul Australian Associated Press The Canberra Times Most of the individuals whose accounts are being removed are popular figures on the far right, including commentators Milo Yiannopoulos, Laura Loomer and Paul Joseph Watson. Facebook also said it is banning Paul Nehlen, an avowed white supremacist who ran for Congress in 2018, and Nation of ... Read More »

Caruana Galizia murder: Fighting for justice for my murdered mother

Once every few months I have to sit in a room with the person investigating my mother’s murder. Our family first encountered him six years ago, when he came to our home to arrest her. By Matthew Caruana Galizia World Press Freedom Day BBC My mother had published a satirical blog post about a candidate for Maltese prime minister on election day and one of his supporters filed a police report. So, the detective was sent to our family home ... Read More »

Migrants and the media: what shapes the narratives on immigration in different countries

If you want to spoil a movie for yourself, wait for a nice dramatic moment and then imagine what it was like to shoot it: the cameras, sound and lighting crews all around; the portable toilets round the… Rob McNeil The Conversation If a film is to succeed, it needs us to suspend our disbelief and not think about the process. But when we consume news media, we need to do the opposite – and think carefully about how and ... Read More »

The Federal Trade Commission Is Coming After Facebook to the Tune of $3-5 Billion

No matter how much Mark Zuckerberg may bluster otherwise, Facebook doesn’t care about protecting its users’ privacy. John Ellis PJ Media Thankfully, though, that breach of trust is going to cost the social media behemoth, and it’s going to cost them a bundle. Reporting on Facebook’s Q1 2019 earnings report, Daniel Howley of Yahoo Finance News reveals that the company is expecting to be levied a… The report published by Facebook includes the admission that: In the first quarter of ... Read More »

Ethnic media are essential for new migrants and should be better funded

The fact that the community ethnic and multicultural broadcasting sector didn’t receive additional funding in the latest budget reflects a misunderstanding of the important role of ethnic media in Australian society. John Budarick The Conversation Ethnic print and broadcasting have a long history in Australia, dating back to at least 1848 with the publication of Die Deutsche Post. Early foreign language broadcasting featured on commercial radio in the 1930s, and throughout the middle of the 20th century. This was before ... Read More »

The government and tech companies can’t prevent ‘fake news’ during the election – only the public can

We’re only days into the federal election campaign and already the first instances of “fake news” have surfaced online. Michael Jensen The Conversation Over the weekend, Labor demanded that Facebook remove posts it says are “fake news” about the party’s plans to introduce a “death tax” on inheritances. Labor also called on the Coalition to publicly disavow the misinformation campaign. An inauthentic tweet purportedly sent from the account of Australian Council of Trade Unions secretary Sally McManus also made the ... Read More »

‘Absolute madness’ in Northern Ireland

Journalist Lyra KcKee is the latest victim of the conflict she covered. Once a year in the Good Friday Dublin Unitarian Church, thousands of names are spoken aloud in a reading that takes three hours. Naomi O’Leary Politico These are the victims of Northern Ireland’s decades of conflict, remembered on the Christian holiday from which the Good Friday peace deal that ended it takes its name. Twenty-one years since the signing of the historic accord, Ireland woke up to find ... Read More »

The Geoffrey Rush trial shows defamation can make victims become victims all over again

Geoffrey Rush greeted his vindication with a look of anguish. His demeanor outside the Federal Court last week was decidedly grim. So too, his wife Jane Menelaus. Richard Ackland The Guardian If an $850,000 award of damages, with the promise of lots more to come, isn’t going to put a spring in your step, what sort of vindication is this? Rush said: “There are no winners in this case, it has been extremely distressing for everyone involved.” The main defence witness ... Read More »

Journalism’s Assange problem

These days, anybody with an internet connection can be a publisher. That doesn’t make everybody a journalist. Authors: The Conversation This distinction has become more important than ever in light of two recent events. One was the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The other was a proposal by lawmakers from Georgia, the Peach State, that looked more like an export from the Georgia that was part of the Soviet Union: a so-called “ethics in journalism” act that would have ... Read More »

How fake news gets into our minds, and what you can do to resist it

Although the term itself is not new, fake news presents a growing threat for societies across the world. Julian Matthews The Conversation Only a small amount of fake news is needed to disrupt a conversation, and at extremes it can have an impact on democratic processes, including elections. But what can we do to avoid fake news, at a time when we could be waiting a while for mainstream media and social networks to step up and address the problem? ... Read More »

George Pell media contempt case could have ‘chilling effect’ on open justice, court hears

Lawyers for 36 Australian news organisations and journalists accused of committing contempt of court over their coverage of Cardinal George Pell’s sex abuse trial have told a hearing the case could have a… Emma Younger ABC The news outlets and individuals, including the editors of The Age and Herald Sun newspapers, are accused of breaching a suppression order which banned reporting on Cardinal Pell’s first trial until the… Barrister Matt Collins QC, representing the accused media, told the first hearing ... Read More »

Assange will cooperate with Sweden, but fight US warrant: lawyer

Julian Assange would cooperate with Swedish authorities if they reopen a rape case against him but will continue to resist any bid to extradite him to the United States, his lawyer said on April 14. LONDON – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet “We are absolutely happy to answer those queries if and when they come up,” Jennifer Robinson told Sky News television about the rape claims. “The key issue at the moment is U.S. extradition, which we have warned about for many years,” she added. The WikiLeaks ... Read More »