Trump’s war on truth: a disturbing game plan

In one of his first White House press conferences following Donald Trump’s inauguration, Press Secretary Sean Spicer controversially accused the media of dishonestly reporting on the size of the crowds at the President’s swearing in. Whereas troves of evidence, including widely circulating aerial photographs comparing the masses at former President Barack Obama’s 2008 inauguration to last Friday’s ceremony, prove that the crowd was lacking, Mr Spicer spent … Continue reading Trump’s war on truth: a disturbing game plan

How ‘Spotlight’ gets journalism right

At one point about a third of the way through Tom McCarthy’s Oscar-winning Spotlight, Boston Globe reporter Sasha Pfieffer, portrayed in the film by the ever-brilliant Rachel McAdams, meets with a source at a busy cafe for an interview. Upon seeing Sasha enter, the man stands abruptly to greet her, awkwardly knocking the table as he does so. His name is Joe Crowley and he is one of hundreds … Continue reading How ‘Spotlight’ gets journalism right

Double-edged sword: how reporting terrorist violence can aid those that commit it

Coming into 2016, journalists and news organisations working in Pakistan find themselves at the centre of an interesting but increasingly dangerous situation. The Pakistani government has supplied them with a list of 72 outlawed terrorist groups and officially banned reporting on terrorist attacks perpetrated by these groups. This comes as another measure enforced as part of Pakistan’s ever-escalating struggle against terrorism, which kickstarted when extremists murdered 141 people, including 132 children, at a school … Continue reading Double-edged sword: how reporting terrorist violence can aid those that commit it

Threat overblown: there’s too much talk of terrorism in the media

More so than before the tragic events of September 11, 2001, media reporting around the world has become unnervingly inundated with stories concerning terrorism and the groups that perpetrate terrorist violence. In fact, the amount of media coverage given to terrorist activities on a daily basis far outweighs that given to other arguably pressing issues such as climate change and extreme poverty. In the US specifically, terrorism has taken over cable news, with CNN reportedly … Continue reading Threat overblown: there’s too much talk of terrorism in the media

Crimes against journalists on the rise: RSF calls for UN action

Reporters without Borders (RSF), the international association that advocates for press freedom and protection, recently launched a call for the UN to step up its game safeguarding journalists and media workers around the world. The not-for-profit argued for the creation of a new position called the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for the Safety of Journalists which could be used to monitor … Continue reading Crimes against journalists on the rise: RSF calls for UN action

In the name of security: how Egypt’s new anti-terror laws facilitate more state repression

Egyptian President Abdul Fattah el-Sisi has today given his formal approval to a new set of nation wide anti-terror legislation set to be officially enacted and enforced this coming Monday. The Egyptian government has ostensibly claimed these laws are designed to combat the supposed growing threat posed by Islamist groups affiliated with Islamic State or the Muslim Brotherhood. This comes following the assassination of Prosecutor … Continue reading In the name of security: how Egypt’s new anti-terror laws facilitate more state repression

Journalism is not dying: the true impact of the Fifth Estate

The cynics are wrong. Traditional journalism is not on its deathbed and citizen journalists are not malignant, job-consuming parasites like many in the profession seem to believe. In fact, they may actually help foster a bright future for the journalism industry. That said, I’m not denying that it has been a tough few years for the media. The news juggernauts of days past have had … Continue reading Journalism is not dying: the true impact of the Fifth Estate

Why journalists die for the news

Political implications and global indignation aside, James Foley’s death sheds a light on a harrowing truth about investigative and frontline journalism: sometimes the pursuit of news can have sizable human costs. According to data collected by the Committee to Protect Journalists since 1992, Foley is one of at least 1072 media workers that have lost their lives while fighting to grant important stories their time in … Continue reading Why journalists die for the news

Repressive Egypt: Greste, death sentences & el-Sisi’s regime

With multiple journalists unjustly imprisoned simply for doing their jobs, hundreds of (mostly) innocent protesters facing the death penalty, and a generally tumultuous history of repression, despotism and futile revolutions, there’s no shortage of things to be outraged about when it comes to Egypt. The fact that power has changed hands as often as it has, from Mubarak to Morsi to el-Sisi, only further highlights the chaotic and ever-shifting nature of the country’s social and political … Continue reading Repressive Egypt: Greste, death sentences & el-Sisi’s regime