Reporting War

The international NGO that works for freedom of the press, Reporters Without Borders, launched a campaign this week to raise public awareness of how journalists risk their lives to bring us news about armed conflict. As part of the campaign, the organization has released a video contrasting photographs taken by war reporters, and the portrayals of… Continue reading

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Swedish press on threats to Polish media freedom

An editorial in today’s edition of Sweden’s largest broadsheet, independent liberal Dagens Nyheter, illustrates several things. It highlights the differences between media systems, to use Hallin and Mancini’s terminology, or between cultures of media and politics, in democracies in the same political union. It is an example of agenda-setting by editor-in-chief Peter Wolodarski. And it… Continue reading

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Afghan Journalists at Risk

The independent Afghan media organization Nai says that at least seven political analysts, all of them critical of Pakistan and Taliban militants, have been targeted in the past month. During the siege of the city of Kunduz in October, the Talaban declared two national broadcasters to be legitimate military targets, after they reported sexual abuse… Continue reading

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110 journalists died to keep us informed in 2015

Reporters without Borders have published the figures for journalists targetted in the line of duty this past year: no fewer than 110 were killed in 2015, bringing the total for the past decade to 787. Producing the annual round-up of acts of violence against journalists has been a key aspect of the organization’s work for… Continue reading

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UK Media Bias

  Responses this week to publication of the recently re-elected British government’s budget resonate with the longstanding claim that the Conservatives and substantial parts of the British press enjoy a warm relationship. The rightwing Daily Mail depicted the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, as ‘fearless George’ slaying the dragons of the lazy and the… Continue reading

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