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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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    The post-election media divide in the US | The Listening Post

    The post-election media divide in the US | The Listening Post

    Media outlets in the United States face a reckoning as they struggle to break up with Donald Trump.

    Contributors:
    Murtaza Hussein - reporter, The Intercept
    Maria Hinojosa - founder, Futuro Media Group
    Matt Taibbi - author and journalist
    Ashton Lattimore - editor-in-chief, Prism Reports

    On our radar:
    Ethiopia erupts. Richard Gizbert speaks to producer Johanna Hoes about Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s order to send troops into the northern region of Tigray while completely cutting off any forms of communication - barring journalists and banning the internet.

    Autopsy of an Ethiopian interview: Who killed Hachalu Hundessa?

    The last ever interview with Ethiopian singer, Hachalu Hundessa - and why everyone is poring over that tape, looking for clues in their search for who killed him.

    Contributors:
    Guyo Wariyo - former presenter, Oromia Media Network
    Bruh Yihunbelay - COO, Tirita FM Radio
    Tsedale Lemma - editor-in-chief, Addis Standard
    Alula Solomon - CEO, Tigrai Media House

    00:00 Intro
    02:00 Life After Trump
    11:42 Latest from Ethiopia
    14:14 Who killed Hachalu Hundessa?
    24:22 Bye Bye Donny

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    • 26 min
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    Media outlets’ battle for clarity amidst the chaos of US election | The Listening Post

    Media outlets’ battle for clarity amidst the chaos of US election | The Listening Post

    With a victory for Biden imminent, media outlets that have thrived on the Trump show must look for a new business model.

    Contributors:

    Akela Lacy - politics reporter, The Intercept

    Jim Warren - executive editor, NewsGuard

    David Folkenflik - media correspondent, NPR

    Molly Jong-Fast - editor-at-large, Daily Beast

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    We discuss India and the arrest of Arnab Goswami, one of the country’s loudest pro-government voices on television. Producer Nicholas Muirhead has been tracking the response of the right-wing media.

    Ertugrul: Turkish TV’s Ottoman phenomenon goes global

    The Listening Post's Meenakshi Ravi reports on how history, politics and entertainment collide in Turkey’s Ottoman TV epics.

    Contributors:

    Burak Ozcetin - associate professor, Istanbul Bilgi University

    Senem Cevik - lecturer in International Studies, UC Irvine

    Omar Al-Ghazzi - assistant professor, LSE; co-author, Neo-Ottoman Cool: Turkish Popular Culture in the Arab Public Sphere

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    • 25 min
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    Four years at war: President Trump and the media | The Listening Post

    Four years at war: President Trump and the media | The Listening Post

    The US election is just days away and President Donald Trump’s fake news narrative is about to be put to the ultimate test.

    Contributors:

    John Ziegler - Senior Columnist, Mediaite

    Amy Goodman - Executive Producer, Democracy Now!

    Ben Smith - Media Columnist, The New York Times

    On our radar

    US conservatives often accuse social media platforms of suppressing their voices. Politico’s chief tech correspondent, Mark Scott, joins Richard Gizbert to discuss a study which shows that claim is not true.

    The chosen one: The Christian Broadcasting Network and Donald Trump

    The gospel of Trump 24/7? We look at the marriage of convenience that is the president’s relationship with the Christian Broadcasting Network.

    Contributors:

    Gordon Robertson - CEO, Christian Broadcasting Network

    Terry Heaton - Former Executive Producer, The 700 Club; Author, The Gospel of Self: How Jesus Joined the GOP

    Sarah Posner - Author, Unholy: Why White Evangelicals Worship at the Alter of Donald Trump; Reporting Fellow, Type Investigations

    Nicole Hemmer - Author, Messengers of the Right; Associate research scholar, Columbia University

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    • 26 min
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    France: Debates over free speech and secularism | The Listening Post

    France: Debates over free speech and secularism | The Listening Post

    A brutal murder and the Charlie Hebdo trial have people in France questioning freedom of expression again.

    Contributors:

    Pierre Henri Tavoillot - Professor of philosophy, Sorbonne University

    Philippe Marliere - Professor of French and European politics, University College London

    Rim-Sarah Aloune - Legal scholar and human rights researcher

    Jocelyn Cesari - Professor of religion and politics, University of Birmingham

    On our radar

    The Nigerian army says it did not shoot at protesters, but there is a problem with their story - the evidence is all over the internet. Richard Gizbert speaks to producer Meenakshi Ravi about the contrasting narratives.

    Murder in Malta: Daphne Caruana Galizia’s journalistic legacy

    The Listening Post’s Flo Phillips on a reporter killed for the work she did - and how Daphne Caruana Galizia’s journalism continues to make news.

    Contributors:

    Matthew Caruana Galizia - Son of Daphne Caruana Galizia and investigative journalist

    Manuel Delia - Author, Murder on the Malta Express; Blogger, Truth Be Told

    Caroline Muscat - Founder, The Shift News

    Mark Laurence Zammit - Former presenter, Xarabank

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    • 26 min
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    Silenced and shut down: Kashmir’s year of lockdown | The Listening Post

    Silenced and shut down: Kashmir’s year of lockdown | The Listening Post

    It has been more than a year since New Delhi scrapped Indian-administered Kashmir’s special status. Why has the region’s history been so hotly disputed - on the ground and in the news media - since India’s independence from the United Kingdom more than 70 years ago?

    Contributors:

    Rahul Pandita - Journalist and author, Our Moon Has Blood Clots

    Siddiq Wahid - Senior fellow, Centre for Policy Research India

    Nitasha Kaul - Associate professor, University of Westminster

    Suhasini Haidar - National and diplomatic affairs editor, The Hindu

    Aarti Tikoo Singh - Foreign affairs editor, Indo-Asian News Service

    Against all odds: Reporting under Kashmir’s communications blackout

    What has the revocation of Article 370 - and the security lockdown and communication blackout that followed - meant for Kashmiris and the journalists trying to tell their stories?

    Contributors:

    Anuradha Bhasin - Executive editor, Kashmir Times

    Peerzada Ashiq - Senior journalist, The Hindu

    Syed Shahriyar - Photojournalist

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    • 26 min
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    Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: Shelling, suffering and propaganda | The Listening Post

    Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: Shelling, suffering and propaganda | The Listening Post

    After three weeks of fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia, both sides have leaned on their domestic media to give their version of events. We examine the events in Nagorno-Karabakh and the dangers of war reporting in the age of COVID-19.

    Contributors:

    Cavid Aga - Writer, Open Caucasus Media

    Daniel Hamilton - Political and communications analyst

    Neil Hauer - Non-resident fellow, Frontier Europe

    Ani Paitjan - Journalist, CivilNet

    On our radar

    There are more signals from Saudi media that the narrative is changing on Israel. Richard Gizbert speaks to producer Meenakshi Ravi about a three-part interview on pan-Arab station Al Arabiya that has taken aim at Palestinians.

    A snapshot of empire: The racist legacy of colonial postcards

    How the golden age of postcards left behind a legacy of racism that continues to shape perceptions of Africans today.

    Contributors:

    Sarah Sentilles - Writer and critical theorist

    Olubukola Gbadegesin - Associate professor, Saint Louis University

    Stephen Hughes - Senior lecturer, SOAS University of London

    Julie Crooks - Associate curator, Art Gallery of Ontario

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    • 26 min

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