Tag: Reporting

The world won’t listen: African dream died long before a despot – Michael West

The lack of interest in the death of a former African leader wasn’t just business as usual in the story of a continent, but a reflection on what we find important in our media diet, writes Mark Sawyer.

It’s been quite a few days. The former leader of the world’s third biggest democracy was gunned down. Much-loved actors James Caan and Tony Sirico, who embodied gangsterdom in The Godfather and The Sopranos, were whacked for real, so to speak (I mean no disrespect!). Boris Johnson both quit and hung on for dear life as prime minister of the UK.

The Australian media every now and then does some hand-wringing about its whiteness. ‘’We’re going to devote more attention to the wider world, not just London and Washington,’’ is the pledge.

Well, Sri Lanka teeters on the verge of collapse, having run out of oil and money. The Marcos family is back running the Philippines, but the novelty seems to have already worn off. There’s an election in Papua New Guinea. That will draw a little attention, and then we’ll put that fragile democracy on the backburner. 

 Australians talk about our future in this part of the world but a story about Boris, or say Meghan and Harry, will smoke the latest doings in countries with 90% of the world’s population.

The world won’t listen: African dream died long before a despot – Michael West

Rachelle Miller challenges Scott Morrison to release details of settlement following workplace bullying claims | Australian politics | The Guardian

Rachelle Miller challenges Scott Morrison to release details of settlement following workplace bullying claims

Change of wording applied here to the wording of Morrison’s associated media, who reported Rachelle Miller as giving the Government “permission” rather than “challenging the government to release the full and truthful account of her case by dropping the NDA which Morrison was hiding behind. Will Morrison now oblige us and have the truth and information released or will he keep it unavailable?

Lawyers for Miller say the former Coalition staffer wishes to remove ‘any impediment’ preventing the PM giving a ‘full and truthful account’ of her case

Source: Rachelle Miller challenges Scott Morrison to release details of settlement following workplace bullying claims | Australian politics | The Guardian

Canadian Journalists Fear Retaliation After Israel Open Letter

Toronto, ON- May 15  -  Thousands fill Nathan Phillips Squareas  the Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM) hold a demonstration against the Israel/Gaza Strip clashes.  Ontario tightens restrictions to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto. May 15, 2021.        (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

While Israel launched strikes against Gaza last week after Palestinians protested planned evictions in Jerusalem, a group chat of journalists in Canada was lighting up with notifications. They were frustrated with Canadian media coverage that painted the strikes without context and with a glaring absence of Palestinian voices. Some in the group, which included several Muslim journalists, shared frustrating experiences of advocating for nuanced coverage of international issues in their newsrooms. Some asked for advice on how to approach their editors about concerns with coverage, or lack thereof, of what was really going on in the region. So they drafted an open letter. “‘The Middle East is complicated. We need to hear both sides. Everyone has a lot of emotions about this.’ [sic] These are just some of the excuses news editors have provided to Canadian journalists trying to cover the escalating violence against Palestinians,” the letter read. “The lack of nuanced Canadian media coverage of forced expulsions and indiscriminate airstrikes over the last three days, which have so far killed at least 137 Palestinians, including 36 children, has been disappointing.” At the time of publ

Source: Canadian Journalists Fear Retaliation After Israel Open Letter

Palestinians are not a “Death Toll”: How Corporate Media’s “Objective Reporting” on Israel-Palestine Favors Governments

For the journalists who report this violence on our behalf, there is nowhere to hide. There is no neutral, objective mode. Your choice is to stand so far back from the “conflict” that you obscure its brutal irrationality and, in so doing, unwittingly or otherwise, put your support behind the most powerful belligerents. Or you can come in close and show mutilated and traumatised children, and suffer the journalistic ignominy of “biased” reporting.

Source: Palestinians are not a “Death Toll”: How Corporate Media’s “Objective Reporting” on Israel-Palestine Favors Governments

Shift in gender balance means abuse claims are being taken seriously

Attorney-General Christian Porter addressing the media on Wednesday.

Rather, it is because for the first time in Australian history, the Canberra press gallery is dominated by talented, hard-nosed and courageous women journalists, and this alters the understanding of why these allegations matter, and how they should be treated. As well, there is a generation of male reporters who, in at least some cases, “get it”. The result is a new field in the ongoing journalistic job of interrogating power.

Shift in gender balance means abuse claims are being taken seriously

A ‘wave of violence’ that never actually ends | +972 Magazine

When the Israeli media talks about the latest ‘wave of violence,’ it leaves out the five unarmed Palestinians who were shot to death by soldiers and police officers in the past few months. The newspaper headlines over the past few days leave no room for doubt regarding what has been happening here lately. “Terror returns,” read Yedioth Ahronoth’s headline on Sunday, while Haaretz and Ma’ariv ran similar headlines on Tuesday morning. [tmwinpost] Indeed the last few days have been full of stabbing and vehicle-ramming attacks by Palestinians in Jerusalem and Hebron, the vast majority of them directed at soldiers and…

Source: A ‘wave of violence’ that never actually ends | +972 Magazine