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Killing the future in the name of God

AP photo   By Imad Zafar Mishal Khan was a 23 year old student of Mass Communication at the Abul Wali Khan university, situated in the city of Mardan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He was an intelligent, witty and peace loving young man, and a critic of hypocrital values, traditions and the political system.

YouTube’s bid to grab TV dollars imperiled by advertiser revolt

Dado Ruvic/Reuters   By Julia Love, Jessica Toonkel and Tim Baysinger The decision by a handful of high-profile consumer brands to pull advertising from Google’s YouTube over offensive content could threaten the site’s long-term strategy of stealing ad dollars from television, analysts and ad industry professionals said Thursday.

Media, Activists and the violent narrative

Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters   By Prince Charles Dickson In recent times the Nigerian news media and social media feeds are bombarded with images of spectacular extremist violence and increasingly aggressive and bellicose rhetoric from politicians and pundits. This coverage warrants a close look, as public discourse sinks to new lows in justifying violence against entire racial […]

Fascism: An alarming situation for Democracy

Reuters photo   By Muhammad Shoaib Khan Today, in the world of globalization, it is easy to access everything within the sphere of the universe. It is considered a remarkable achievement considering the ancient era.

Trump accuses US spy agencies of Nazi practices over ‘phony’ Russia dossier

Lucas Jackson/Reuters   By Ayesha Rascoe President-elect Donald Trump escalated a fight with U.S. spy agencies on Wednesday, just nine days before he takes over their command as President, and accused them of practices reminiscent of Nazi Germany.

Canada’s 150th: Celebration or Requiem?

Bernard Weil/AFP   By Dave Patterson   Canada turns 150 in 2017, and there is great celebration being planned. A great requiem for something that once aspired to be great but has tragically fallen to the dark side might be more appropriate…

Hollywood, Propaganda and the American Culture of Division

Don Emert/AFP   By Valda Organ Donald Trump and Meryl Streep. After Streep’s phony acid tongued diatribe at the Golden Globes and Donald Trump’s continuous stream of vitriol on twitter, you would be hard pressed to discern the difference between politician and actor. To understand how the water became so muddy, it must be said […]

Power of the Media in this Modern World

By Muhammad Shoaib Khan The power of the media cannot be negated in the modern world. This power can be utilized for development in every aspect of life. Developed countries do not need to do so because they have already achieved their objectives with the help of media. However, developing countries such as Pakistan still […]

Temperament & Mood of People around the globe is fluctuating, as is the climate

By Siddhartha Rastogi Japan experienced a massive Earthquake a few days ago, followed by snow in Tokyo city after 54 years. The Philippines has been struck by five deadly typhoons in the last decade itself, displacing over four million citizens. India has witnessed three consecutive droughts just before 2016 and is witnessing ever decreasing monsoon […]

Is the media making Britain a laughing stock?

Chris Ratcliffe   By Hazel Speed I listened to BBC Radio 4 Analysis and have since learned that there are those who feel the content was unwise as well as unauthorised by the British Public.

Fake news – a menace to society

Reuters photo   By Joe Khamisi Over the past two decades social media has become one of the most powerful sources of information. It facilitates free and seamless inter and cross-border communication and enables information to travel fast and wide. It also builds and destroys individuals and institutions, and promotes or demotes merchandise in a […]

Moral values, establishment and society

Reuters photo   By Shahper Hassan The fear of being attacked and the country’s overall economic condition were the reasons the establishment in Pakistan wanted to divert the attention of US/NATO forces and the international community to somewhere else.

Why does society exclude the elderly?

Keith Brofsky   By Hazel Speed The study claiming that the internet will isolate 700,000 elderly people by 2030 reveals some stunning information, an indictment against those who perpetuate the neglect of the elderly by excluding them from society, the one culprit being the internet!

Faceless Ones

AFP photo   By Alan Share   Methinks the Bar Council doth protest too much!

Should Mr Cameron be called to Parliament?

PA photo   By Hazel Speed How embarrassing, not only in front of European Countries, but now in respect of the whole world.

Stagnate or evolve

AFP photo   By Shahper Hassan   A state where citizens have no rights and where others interfere in your life and your privacy is breached is not a state, it’s a joke.   Societies either stagnate or they evolve and they (societies) cannot evolve if citizens are kept ignorant and illiterate, not knowing about […]

Trump vs Clinton – Let him without sin throw the first stone

Saul Loeb/AFP   By Hazel Speed Unlike President Obama, I am not as an English/British person ‘poking my nose’ into American politics.

Intellect and the identity of colour in the 21st century

Jamel Shabazz   By Ogunniyi Abayomi As the black race, we are observed to be individuals of vigour and strength over the mental capability to study and succeed in our intellectual endeavours.

The Long Tan commemoration: A manufactured controversy

By Rupen Savoulian In August 2016, Australian government officials and the corporate media denounced a decision by the Vietnamese authorities to downgrade the scale of the fiftieth anniversary commemorations of the Battle of Long Tan.

IARJ, Accra Ghana: Reporting the sacred

Ben Curtis/AP   By Prince Charles Dickson I recall International Association of Religion Journalists (IARJ) Executive Director Endy Bayuni, who by the way couldn’t make it to Accra, Ghana, asking just before the concluded sixth IARJ conference…Just how big is Africa?

News Or No News

By Ananya S Guha Soon all the talk on floods will shift to newer pastures. There are enough of them in India. In between of course the GST held centre stage and the debate appears to be resolved at least for the time being, not of course without conditions, and prior conditions, and of course […]

Prisoners of Kashmir

Danish Ismail/Reuters   By Zeeshan A. Shah   True Warfare is based on Deception – Sun Tzu – The Art of War   South Asia is  home to the world biggest un-official prison. It is not located in the Alps or down by the Red Sea, River Nile, Saudi Arabia or by the Gulf of […]

Urgent Need

By Don Krieger Newt Gingrich, whose voice is heard daily on Fox News, has become Mr. Trump’s de facto Minister of Propaganda. His is by no means the only such voice. There is an urgent world wide need for education in resisting indoctrination.

Creativity, Projects and Timing

photo – xetobyte   By Hazel Speed Horses for courses is a really valid expression when it comes to creative projects, the era, and whose desk an idea can land on.

Bangladesh urged to drop charges against Journalist

By Amnesty International Bangladeshi authorities must immediately and unconditionally drop trumped-up charges against a prominent journalist who could be jailed for more than a decade for a Facebook post, human rights NGO Amnesty International stated.

Orwell’s vision: Power under the watch and surveillance of the masses

By Ogunniyi Abayomi At certain periods in the history of our society, people converge at particular spots for rallies and campaigns to support individuals, groups and parties vying to serve their people in the capacity as political aspirant.

Zambia: Closure of independent newspaper ploy to crackdown on freedom of press

By Amnesty International The decision to shut down the independent newspaper, The Post, is a deliberate ploy to silence the media ahead of the election, said human rights NGO Amnesty International.

Combatting Violent Extremism

Francois Lenoir/Reuters   By Cynthia M. Lardner The fight against violent extremism is being fought by a shift in global consciousness resulting in a collective effort by governments, NGOs and stakeholders, including individuals at the local level. Radicalized extremism, which has nothing to do with religion, is an ideology founded on inducing fear of imagined […]

Sir Mark Tully: Legend of Journalism, Radio and the BBC

  An interview by Ratnesh Dwivedi    This was my first chance to meet Mark Tully in person. I had interviewed him before over the telephone for a community radio station I set up in my previous organization in 2014. A magnificent personality, an excellent welcome and polished Hindi makes Mark Tully what he was in […]

Global Media in the Days of Information Warfare

By Ratnesh Dwivedi In the days of mediatization when it is mostly the media which sets the agenda and information warfare decides public perception, it is very important for common news consumers to understand how good or bad information warfare is in corporate media.