Media, dialogue and social cohesion Reply

shutterstock_33401086I was taking an early morning walk around Balmain this week listening to my iphone, when the news reported that the assassin who murdered a French police commander and his wife, streamed his account of the atrocity on Facebook Live.

Five years ago I might have watched the attack broadcast live on international television. Ten years ago I would have heard it on my pocket radio. My father would have read about it in his newspaper. Now an armed man at the centre of a French siege can make his own international telecast, cutting journalists, editors, producers, government shills, censors and security out of the communications loop.

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The media war with ISIS 1

TurkReviewModerate Muslims were losing the media war with ISIS, according to leading Turkish journalist, Kerim Balci.”Authentic” Muslims were losing to “radical so called Muslims” because of the obvious symbiosis between journalists and terrorists. “Ten thousand Muslims may be doing good things but it’s not reported,” he said. “One Muslim makes something bad and its headlines! ” The voice of extremism is always multiplied through world media!” Even Muslim media were guilty of this !

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Self censorship in Thailand Reply

GQ-Thailand-James-Jirayu-December-2014-CoverThailand’s media may look modern and espouse free speech but its hedged by self censorship and hemmed by traditional values. Vorani Vanijaka, the Editor of Thailand’s GQ, is keenly aware of the contradictions.

He’s a former political commentator, who has managed to offend many of Thailand’s elite. “You can criticise anyone from the Prime Minister down, which is something you can’t do in most southeast Asian countries” he said. Thailand boasted of a sophisticated and pervasive media, including the million circulation Thai Rath newspaper, national television networks and  hundreds of radio stations.

But there were unstated limits on what Thai journalists reported.

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