Representation in a globalizing world

In the past year, more than 3400 people have died in the Mediterranean, fleeing war and poverty in a desperate bid to make a new life in Europe. At the same time, anti-immigration parties surged across the continent. Journalists face a dilemma in such settings. How is cultural diversity to be acknowledged and a range… Continue reading

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Attack on media freedom in Paris

The murder of 12 people at the Paris office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on January 7th has a bearing on several themes dealt with in the book. Responses by political elites, journalists, ordinary people and the producers of popular culture produced a wealth of primary source material almost overnight. Reporters Without Borders condemned the attempt by gunmen… Continue reading

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The Politics of Popular Culture

The BBC World website published a piece on February 20th chronicling a bizarre new twist to The Interview story. Read about a correspondent’s reaction to accusations by US human rights activists that he was a ‘boring imperialist’: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31535383. In the weeks following Sony’s release of a comedy called The Interview, tensions rose between the governments of the US… Continue reading

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World Press Freedom?

Summing up the state of media freedom at the end of the year, the 2014 World Press Freedom Index showed that journalists across the globe have been hampered in their work by a worldwide trend to interpret national security need s ‘in an overly broad and abusive manner to the detriment of the right to… Continue reading

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