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Posts Tagged ‘social media’

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 […]

Missing Nation

Fareed Khan/AP   By Imad Zafar ‘Hang the blasphemers, kill them, stone them to death,’ these are the slogans that are being used these days on social media and heard in public and private conversations. Since the bloggers and activists went missing, even scholars and anchors from the mainstream media are also demanding the death […]

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 […]

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 […]

“Check Out My Blog”: The Fallacy Of Contemporary Poetry

Tod Papageorge   By Michael Marrotti I’ve been a part of the small press scene long enough to know that ingenuity and sincerity don’t mean a thing. If they did, there wouldn’t be this constant influx of superficial sycophants, and poetry that is synonymous with mediocrity.

Ugandan police summon journalist over facebook post

By Robert Ssewankambo Police in the Moroto District of North Eastern Uganda summoned a freelance journalist, Teba Arukol, over a Facebook post about the Karamojong cultural leaders.

ActionAid Senegal and Youth Activists celebrate International Youth Day

By Alpha Jallow As youths constitutes the greatest portion of society, ActionAid Senegal believes that youth issues are at the heart of concerns of the authorities and community actors. Youth constitutes the largest segment of global society, making an intervention objective becoming a priority for policy makers or for international and national organizations. This formed […]

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 […]

Trump And His Women!

Mary Altaffer/AP   By Ahmed Tharwat The media’s extensive coverage of Donald Trump’s bizarre insulting of the parents of a Muslim American soldier who was killed in Iraq is overblown.

Police Brutality… from Cairo to Minneapolis

Shannon Stapleton/Reuters   By Ahmed Tharwat You know the situation here is bad when family and friends in Egypt are worried about me because of police brutality and not Islamophobia. The latest tragic shooting of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge is changing the conversation and debate on police brutality and racism in this […]

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.

Youths on the street: The rise of democracy

John Bompengo   By Brian Minga Amza For many years, the youths have always been the playground of different society’s actors in the Democratic Republic of Congo, going from businessman, politicians, musicians…due to the excessive rate of unemployment, many of these young people developing a certain dependency toward those who society recognises as successful people, […]

The UCL Festival of Culture 2016

By Michael Organ Five free days of culture UCL’s, (University College London), Festival of Culture returns this year with a programme set to showcase the rich diversity of world-class research led by staff and students in the Faculties of Arts & Humanities and Social & Historical Sciences.

The Changing Face of Britain: Islamophobia

  By Sabena Siddiqi Islamophobia is back again in British politics. More frequent attacks on mosques and gradual, growing support for far-right groups reminds us that anti-Muslim feeling is on the increase. The perspective on Islam has changed since 9/11, it is simply not so easy anymore for Muslims living in the West.

On The Clock: The Future of (Selfie) Journalism

  By Jedi Ramalapa I have been thinking about my chosen profession recently. For the past fourteen years in fact. Each day I have asked myself if this is something I want or wish to do for the rest of my life.