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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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    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

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    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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    The president's taxes: A story to 'Trump' all the others? | The Listening Post

    The president's taxes: A story to 'Trump' all the others? | The Listening Post

    President Donald Trump has survived one bombshell news report after another. Last week, The New York Times dropped a story that may prove to be the last straw.

    Contributors:

    Eric Alterman - Columnist, The Nation

    Claire Potter - Author, Political Junkies

    Alex Shephard - Staff writer, The New Republic

    Molly Jong-Fast - Editor-at-large, The Daily Beast

    On our radar

    On-the-ground coverage of the fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia is scarce. Richard Gizbert speaks to producer Johanna Hoes on the difficulties of reporting the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

    Viral advertisements and voting: Can anti-Trump Republicans sway an election?

    Two breakaway Republican groups have launched enormous online campaigns aimed at defeating their own candidate, President Donald Trump.

    Contributors:

    Rick Wilson - Co-founder, The Lincoln Project; Author, Running Against the Devil: A Plot to Save America from Trump - and Democrats from Themselves

    Osita Nwanevu - Staff writer, The New Republic

    Joanna Weiss - Contributing editor, Politico Magazine

    Paul Waldman - Opinion writer, The Washington Post; Senior writer, American Prospect

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    • 25 min
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    Thai protests: Taking on the monarchy, breaking through taboos | The Listening Post

    Thai protests: Taking on the monarchy, breaking through taboos | The Listening Post

    Protesters in Thailand take on the taboo that outlaws criticism of the political system and the monarchy at the heart of it.

    Contributors:

    Pavin Chachavalpongpun - Associate Professor of Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University

    Warong Dechgitvigrom - Founder, Thai Pakdee

    Jutatip Sirikhan - President, Student Union of Thailand

    Pravit Rojanaphruk - Senior Writer, Khaosod English

    On our radar

    Richard Gizbert speaks to producer Meenakshi Ravi about why Turkey's president has decided to sue a Greek newspaper.

    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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    • 25 min
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    The Abraham Accords: The PR of the 'peace deals' | The Listening Post

    The Abraham Accords: The PR of the 'peace deals' | The Listening Post

    The talk in the Middle East these days is of "normalisation" - between Gulf states and Israel. However, the media push to normalise normalisation started before the deals were signed and is likely to go on for a while.

    Contributors:

    Maryam al-Khawaja - Bahraini human rights activist

    Iyad el-Baghdadi - Founder, Arab Tyrant Manual; President, Kawaakibi Foundation

    Ayala Panievsky, Media researcher; University of Cambridge

    Hussein Ibish - Arab Gulf States Institute

    On our radar
    In the United States, an affiliate of the Al Jazeera Network - AJ+ - is ordered to register as a foreign agent. Meenakshi Ravi speaks to producer Nic Muirhead about the impact.

    Life after the blast: Beirut through the eyes of journalists
    They have reported on mounting crises, a chronically corrupt government, a collapsing state - and then came the explosion. What is it like to be a journalist in Lebanon today?

    Contributors:

    Ramzi Haidar - Photojournalist

    Diana Moukalled - Managing editor, Daraj

    Jad Ghosn - Reporter, al-Jadeed

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    • 26 min
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    Belarus: Telegramming the uprisings | The Listening Post

    Belarus: Telegramming the uprisings | The Listening Post

    It has been just over a month since the biggest demonstrations in Belarus's history began to sweep the country, and the protests have persisted despite disproportionate state violence. The engine driving those protests can be found online - on the messaging app, Telegram.

    Contributors:

    Hanna Liubakova - Minsk-based journalist

    Katia Patin - Multimedia editor, Coda Story

    Sadakat Kadri - Human rights lawyer and writer

    Boris Goretsky - Spokesperson, Belarusian Association of Journalists

    On our radar
    Producer Flo Phillips discusses how another book of bombshell revelations about Donald Trump puts the ethics of the president - and the book's author - under the spotlight.

    Qassem Soleimani: The man, the myth and the message
    In death as in life, Iranian general Qassem Soleimani remains a powerful public relations symbol for Tehran.

    Contributors:

    Narges Bajoghli - Assistant Professor, Middle East Studies, Johns Hopkins University

    Hamid Dabashi - Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

    Christiane Gruber - Professor in History of Art, University of Michigan

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    • 26 min

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