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A weekly programme that examines and dissects the world's media, how they operate and the stories they cover.

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A weekly programme that examines and dissects the world's media, how they operate and the stories they cover.

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    Australia: The battle to get Big Tech to pay for news | The Listening Post

    Australia: The battle to get Big Tech to pay for news | The Listening Post

    This past week, the Australian government passed a law called the News Media Bargaining Code - designed to force Facebook and Google to pay up for the news content that ends up on their platforms.

    The tech giants have long resisted this idea, but things are changing. This is a story about value - how much news is worth, who should be funding it and how.

    Contributors:

    Lizzie O’Shea - author of Future Histories: What Ada Lovelace, Tom Paine, and the Paris Commune Teach Us about Digital Technology

    James Temperton - digital editor, Wired UK

    Paris Marx - host, Tech Won't Save Us

    James Meese - senior lecturer, RMIT University

    On our radar

    Al Jazeera Media Network launches a new platform, aimed at a new audience. The clue is in the name: Rightly.

    Iconic, absurd, haunting: Ten years since Gaddafi's 'Zenga Zenga' speech

    On February 22, 2011, with Libya in a state of revolt over his 42 years in power, Muammar Gaddafi decided it was time to take to the airwaves. For Libyans all too familiar with political repression, the "Zenga Zenga" speech, as it came to be known, was equal parts chilling and bizarre. Ten years on, we look back at one of the Arab Spring’s most extraordinary media moments.

    Contributors:

    Sherine El Taraboulsi-McCarthy - senior research fellow, Overseas Development Institute

    Mansour El-Kikhia - professor of political science, University of Texas

    Abdulkader Assad - columnist, The Libya Observer

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    • 26 min
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    Raids and internet blackouts: Myanmar’s military vs protesters | The Listening Post

    Raids and internet blackouts: Myanmar’s military vs protesters | The Listening Post

    A civil disobedience movement is growing in Myanmar; young people are using social media to organise and keep citizens and the outside world informed.

    Contributors:

    Thin Lei Win - Founder and former chief correspondent, Myanmar Now

    Aye Min Thant - Myanmar-based journalist

    Manny Maung - Researcher, Human Rights Watch

    Francis Wade - Author, Myanmar’s Enemy Within

    On our radar

    Australia is now a front line in the revenue battle between big tech and the mainstream media. Richard Gizbert speaks to producer Nic Muirhead to find out how Google and Facebook are responding.

    Lockdown’s lost children: Britain’s digital divide

    Home school is hard enough - but what if you cannot afford an electronic device or Wi-Fi? That is the reality for more than a million schoolchildren in the United Kingdom.

    Contributors:

    Ayse Guveli - Sociologist, University of Essex

    Vanessa Jackson - Associate professor, Birmingham City

    Flora Kisby - Deputy head teacher, Christ Church Primary

    Amanda Naylor - Head of partnerships, Barnardo’s Charity

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    • 26 min
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    Project Wave: Exposed media corruption scandalises South Africa | The Listening Post

    Project Wave: Exposed media corruption scandalises South Africa | The Listening Post

    News with a grain of salt: South Africans have found out their government has been paying for favourable journalism.

    Karyn Maughan - legal journalist, News24

    John Matisonn - journalist and author of God, Spies and Lies

    Sbu Ngalwa - chairperson, South African National Editors Forum

    Eusebius McKaiser - political analyst and broadcaster

    On our radar

    Al Jazeera’s Mahmoud Hussein has been released from an Egyptian prison after four years with no charge or trial. Richard Gizbert speaks to producer Johanna Hoes about the timing of the release and an update on journalists who remain jailed in Egypt.

    The power and politics of data visualisation

    Data is often presented as the objective truth. But the way it is presented, interpreted and contextualised can distort its original purpose.

    Contributors:

    Mona Chalabi  - data editor, Guardian US and illustrator

    Beth Blauer - Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center; executive director, Centers for Civic Impact

    Alberto Cairo - author of How Charts Lie; professor of visual journalism, University of Miami

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    • 26 min
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    India's farmer protests: Grabbing the headlines, taking a stand | The Listening Post

    India's farmer protests: Grabbing the headlines, taking a stand | The Listening Post

    Farmers’ protests in India keep growing despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government’s best efforts to contain the reporting.

    Contributors:

    Hartosh Singh Bal - political editor, The Caravan India

    Manisha Pande - executive editor, Newslaundry

    Sandeep Singh - farmer and journalist

    R Jagannathan - editorial director, Swarajya

    On our radar

    Richard Gizbert speaks to producer Flo Phillips about British broadcasting regulator Ofcom’s decision to take CGTN, China’s English-language international news channel, off-air.

    Faking spectators and spectacles: Sports TV in pandemic times

    Sports stadiums are empty, but broadcasters are bursting with ideas on how to make up for the missing fans.

    Contributors:

    Gary Hughes - head of Football, Sky Sports

    Adam Peri - sound engineer, Sky Sports

    David Rowe - Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University

    Michael Davies - senior vice president for Technical and Field Operations, FOX Sports

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    • 26 min
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    Viral videos, nationwide protests: Putin’s Navalny problem | The Listening Post

    Viral videos, nationwide protests: Putin’s Navalny problem | The Listening Post

    We examine the story of jailed opposition leader Alexey Navalny and a form of journalism that has ignited political protests across Russia.

    Contributors:

    Catherine Belton - Special correspondent, Reuters; Author, Putin's People

    Ilya Lozovsky - Staff writer and editor, OCCRP

    Olga Irisova - Editor-in-chief, Riddle

    Dmitry Babich - Political analyst; Editor, InoSMI Internet Project

    On our radar

    Australian lawmakers want tech companies like Google and Facebook to pay news outlets for their content. Richard Gizbert speaks to producer Tariq Nafi to find out why.

    Just a game? The US military-gaming complex

    War is not a game - or is it? We look at how the video games industry is proving a useful ally for the US military.

    Contributors:

    Nick Robinson - Associate professor of politics and international studies, University of Leeds

    Matthew Gault - Video game reporter, VICE

    Rami Ismail - Video game developer; Executive director, GameDev.World

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    • 25 min
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    Trump out, Biden in: What did the media learn? | The Listening Post

    Trump out, Biden in: What did the media learn? | The Listening Post

    The talk in Washington, DC is of a return to "normalcy"; we ask four American media analysts about the future of journalism in the Biden era.

    Contributors:
    Osita Nwanevu - Staff writer, The New Republic
    Janine Jackson - Program Director, FAIR
    Dan Froomkin - Editor, Press Watch
    Jack Crowe - News Editor, National Review

    On our radar:

    Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny returns to prison, but not before releasing a documentary that has become a huge online hit. Producer Johanna Hoes tells Richard Gizbert about "Putin’s Palace" and the so-called “biggest bribe in history”.

    #ENDSARS: The hashtag that exposed police brutality in Nigeria

    As thousands of youths protested against police violence in Nigeria, new media outlets emerged to cover a story the mainstream shied away from.

    Contributors:
    Richard Ogundiya - Co-founder, More Branches
    Kovie Biakolo - Culture writer and editor
    Dapo Olorunyomi - CEO, Premium Times
    Emmanuel Akinwotu - West Africa correspondent, The Guardian

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    • 25 min

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