Liberation and sexism in France

The third chapter of Media and Politics in a Globalizing World, devoted to political elites, opens with the example of French presidential hopeful Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who fell from grace as head of the IMF when a hotel maid accused him of sexual harassment in New York. DSK’s proclivities were not news, but the French media… Continue reading

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The Wrong Narrative

The outcome of the general election in Britain was a surprise to many. In a blog in The Conversation today, Professor Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, of the School of Journalism at Cardiff University, reflects on what happened. The dominant narrative of the campaign, as she and many others see it, was that the election would result in… Continue reading

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The mainstream media bubble and the Scottish referendum

In today’s Observer, Scottish journalist and commentator Kevin McKenna notes a clash of parallel worlds. One is inhabited by the elites in ‘Scotland’s media and political bubble’ and the other by people filling parish halls and schools to discuss the issues involved in the vote to stay in the UK or become an independent state.… Continue reading

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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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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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