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The multi award-winning investigative and current affairs podcast: this is news that starts with the people who are normally asked last.
Media Storm is an essential guide to today’s chaotic clickbait climate. Every Thursday, journalists Mathilda Mallinson and Helena Wadia storm through the headlines with the most important (and most overlooked) people in the story: the ones living it. 
From ‘illegal immigrants’ to sex workers, strikers to prisoners, indigenous groups to trans people, many communities caught in the eye of the media storm are denied a fair voice in the coverage around them. Media Storm restores ‘right of reply’ to underrepresented minorities and equips listeners to take the mainstream media with a pinch of salt.
It's your weekly current affairs round-up - but not as you know it. Featuring cross-platform comparisons, shrewd bullsh*t-radars, and finding the facts behind the fear-mongering, Media Storm is guaranteed to leave you with plenty to talk about.
Become a supporter: patreon.com/MediaStormPodcast

Media Storm Mathilda Mallinson and Helena Wadia

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The multi award-winning investigative and current affairs podcast: this is news that starts with the people who are normally asked last.
Media Storm is an essential guide to today’s chaotic clickbait climate. Every Thursday, journalists Mathilda Mallinson and Helena Wadia storm through the headlines with the most important (and most overlooked) people in the story: the ones living it. 
From ‘illegal immigrants’ to sex workers, strikers to prisoners, indigenous groups to trans people, many communities caught in the eye of the media storm are denied a fair voice in the coverage around them. Media Storm restores ‘right of reply’ to underrepresented minorities and equips listeners to take the mainstream media with a pinch of salt.
It's your weekly current affairs round-up - but not as you know it. Featuring cross-platform comparisons, shrewd bullsh*t-radars, and finding the facts behind the fear-mongering, Media Storm is guaranteed to leave you with plenty to talk about.
Become a supporter: patreon.com/MediaStormPodcast

    S4E6 World Refugee Day: Inclusion and solutions

    S4E6 World Refugee Day: Inclusion and solutions

    Today is #WorldRefugeeDay - an international day designated by the UN to honour refugees around the globe.
    World Refugee Day feels especially relevant at Media Storm, because refugees make one of the strongest cases for this podcast’s existence. They are one of the groups characterised most frequently and most voicelessly in our mainstream media, and consequently, clouded by myth.
    Joining us to bust some of the biggest myths about refugees are two people with lived experience - Journalist, Editor-in-Chief at Egyptwatch, and host of the podcast Untold Stories, Osama Gaweesh - and Afghan journalist, newsreader, and women's rights activist, Zahra Shaheer.
    We talk about what the mainstream news media so sorely lacks - the focus on inclusion, positivity, and solutions. Plus, we discuss the biggest story in UK immigration and election news - the Tories' Rwanda deportation deal.
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    Music: Samfire @soundofsamfire
    Assistant Producer: Katie Grant
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    • 41 min
    Rape Off The Record: The price of open justice

    Rape Off The Record: The price of open justice

    This investigation contains discusses of rape, sexual assault, and suicide which some listeners might find distressing. If you need someone to talk to, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or Rape Crisis on 0808 500 2222.
    Warning: strong language

    Media Storm’s first series featured an investigation into ‘Rape justice: ‘What happens to the 98%?', when we discovered the fates of the many reported rapes that never make it to trial.
    Today, we speak to “the lucky ones” - the 2% of victims who get the chance to go to court. Or do they? Many are pushed to leave the courtroom and miss the bulk of their trial… and then they must pay tens of thousands of pounds to find out what happened inside.
    Are government contractors getting rich off of victims’ suffering? Or is someone trying to hide something?
    This is an investigation into the transparency of the UK’s justice system, and the treatment of women and victims during rape and sexual assault trials.
    Links:

    Discover the campaign: ‘Open Justice For All’


    Listen to our original investigation

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    Speakers:

    Juliana Terlizzi @juterlizzi


    Charlotte @charlottschreu


    Open Justice For All @openjustice4all @openjusticeforall



    Hosts:

    Mathilda Mallinson @mathildamall


    Helena Wadia @helenawadia



    Music:
    Samfire @soundofsamfire

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    • 37 min
    S4E5 Media racism: Faiza Shaheen, Palestine coverage, and the limits of representation

    S4E5 Media racism: Faiza Shaheen, Palestine coverage, and the limits of representation

    This week, Faiza Shaheen announced she has resigned from the Labour Party, after a shock email revealed she had been deselected as a candidate in this year's General Election.
    The Labour Party candidate selection committee called into question tweets that Faiza had 'liked', some from 10 years ago. But behind the apparent distractions of old tweets is something far more sinister: what Faiza has described as “a systematic campaign of racism, Islamophobia, and bullying".
    Are people of colour held to a higher standard in public and in the media? We discuss this, how the routine dehumanisation of brown skinned people has lead to desensitisation when it comes to coverage of Palestine, and why we need to push beyond 'representation'.
    Plus, your round up of the headlines through a Media Storm lens - Government policies putting a dampener on Pride Month, a hidden story about Israeli interference in the ICC that didn't make it to the mainstream, does the media gives Nigel Farage a free pass, and was the viral AI-generated 'All Eyes on Rafah' image 'slacktivism'?
    Joining Helena this week is GUEST HOST Coco Khan (Pod Save the UK)
    We are joined in the studio by Sharan Dhaliwal, founder of feminist South Asian magazine Burnt Roti, and Shaista Aziz, ex-Labour councillor, journalist, and director of The Three Hijabis.
    Hosts: Mathilda Mallinson (@mathildamall) and Helena Wadia (@helenawadia)
    Music: Samfire (@soundofsamfire)
    Assistant Producer: Katie Grant
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    • 56 min
    S4E4 South Africa elections: worldviews in 'the West' vs 'the rest'

    S4E4 South Africa elections: worldviews in 'the West' vs 'the rest'

    As South Africans head to the polls, Media Storm is seizing the opportunity to break out of the Western worldview.
    Last season, former UN Security Council President Kishore Mahbubani criticised the "arrogance" of the UK media and its failure to expose people in 'the West' to how 88% of the world's population see things differently to them.
    South Africa gives us some clues as to why. Their coverage of the raging conflict in Gaza paints a far more black-and-white narrative of events, condemning Israeli "apartheid" and "genocide" against Palestinians. Meanwhile, coverage of Russia's invasion of Ukraine muddies the stark solidarity expressed in Western media.
    We speak to South African Political Analyst Mpumelelo Mkhabela, comedian Tats Nkonzo, and South African former politician Andrew Feinstein about Israel-Palestine and Russia-Ukraine. And we hear from South Africans spanning classes, genders, races, ages to hear how their voting today – collectively, their testimonies tell us as much about our own democracies as theirs.
    Hosts: Helena Wadia (@helenawadia) and Mathilda Mallinson (@mathildamall)
    Music: @soundofsamfire
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    • 49 min
    S4E3 Police: misogyny, mistrust, and The Met

    S4E3 Police: misogyny, mistrust, and The Met

    Content warning: mentions of violence against women, rape, and assault.
    This episode was recorded just before the general election was announced! Register to vote here.
    This week, it was reported the number of Met police officers being dismissed reached a new peak. A police officer has been handed a guilty sentence for assault, after arresting and handcuffing a Black woman over an apparent bus fare evasion. And last year the Casey Review found the Met Police was institutionally sexist, racist and homophobic.
    Have we made any progress? And is reform possible? If one bad apple spoils the barrel...
    Joining Helena this week is GUEST HOST Coco Khan (Pod Save the UK)
    This week, we are joined by Patsy Stevenson - the campaigner, equal rights activist, and writer who was awarded damages by the Met Police after being forcibly arrested in 2021 at the Clapham Common vigil for Sarah Everard.
    We're also joined by Dr Leyla Hussein - psychotherapist and activist, specialising in supporting survivors of sexual abuse. She's the founder of the Dahlia Project, the first counselling service specifically for survivors of female genital mutilation (FGM), and the co-founder of Safe Spaces for Black Women.
    Plus, your round-up of the headlines through a Media Storm lens - we discuss the Government's new sex education proposals (have your say here), a failed crackdown on protesting, and a hidden climate headline you might have missed.

    Hosts: Mathilda Mallinson (@mathildamall) and Helena Wadia (@helenawadia)
    Music: Samfire (@soundofsamfire)
    Assistant Producer: Katie Grant
    Researcher: Sophie Clark
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    • 44 min
    S4E2 Ulez: Pollution or politics? Plus Eurovision boycott and Voter ID

    S4E2 Ulez: Pollution or politics? Plus Eurovision boycott and Voter ID

    The climate crisis is wreaking havoc in headlines this week: heatwaves in southeast Asia, flooding in Kenya and Brazil, and exotic spiders smuggling their way into the UK - all this marks a record leap in atmospheric CO2.
    One climate-related story has haunted UK news cycles for almost five years: The London mayor’s controversial Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ). Yet it's not reported as a climate story at all - so much as a political one.
    This week, we're joined by Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, mother of the Ella, the only person in the world with pollution listed as her legal cause of death. She tells us air pollution is a human story, not a political one.
    We're also joined by Akshat Rathi, award winning climate reporter at Bloomberg Green, host of the podcast 'Zero', and author of Climate Capitalism, to discuss solutions-focussed climate reporting.
    Plus, your round up of the headlines through a Media Storm lens - we discuss Rwanda, Voter ID, the power of boycotts at Eurovision and The Great Escape festival, and why no journalist should doorstop national treasure Rylan's mum.
    Hosts: Mathilda Mallinson (@mathildamall) and Helena Wadia (@helenawadia)
    Music: Samfire (@soundofsamfire)
    Assistant Producer: Katie Grant
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    • 47 min

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Eightfold_Girl ,

Exactly the viewpoint you need

I don’t know much about any of these topics, but I’ve loved learning straight from the horse’s mouth. Also, it’s refreshing to hear journalists take responsibility for they way they inform public opinion.

Definitely worth a listen!!

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