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Bureau of Spies: The secret connections between espionage and journalism in Washington, by Steven T. Usdin. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books. 2018. 360pp. ISBN 9781633884762. DON’T be fooled by Bureau of Spies’ provocative title. Steven Usdin’s careful...
Although much is made of the universalisation of ‘US-style’ journalism around the world and Chinese journalists’ shared professional values with counterparts in liberal-democratic countries (Zhang, 2009), the effect of these trends on journalism in...
Abstract: In the past twenty years, democratic participation through activism and civil disobedience has been increasingly expanded with the evolution of information and communication technology. It is assumed that the role of traditional media is...
The article traces the origins, rationale and some of the dilemmas that have emerged in the practice of ‘embedded’ journalism. It argues that the practice emerged as a post-Vietnam response by the US military to the ‘problem’ of independent news...
Commentary: Publicly funded, Radio New Zealand International has a broadcasting role that is not ratings-driven; it has no circulation figures or advertising revenue to worry about. The broadcaster’s work is simply to produce the first draft of...
Flat Earth News is a 400-page exposé of shonky practices by the British media— and not just the scurrilous London tabloids, which would suprise no one, but by some of the so-called 'quality' broadsheets as well. Including Davies' own paper, The...
The role of the media in civil society is to inform and illuminate in the public interest, to provide the public with an informed basis upon which they can exercise their demoractic rights. Nothing changes during wartime. The philosopher Jeremy...
He covers the coverage of wars and the fine borderline that journalists might cross to become propaganda merchants: World War II, Vietnam, The Gulf, Kosovo, to name a few, and now the ‘War on Terror’. And the performance so far of the news media in...
Commentary: In Baghdad, the rise and folly of rapacious imperial power is commemorated in a forgotten cemetery called the North Gate. Dogs are its visitors; the rusted gates are padlocked, and skeins of traffic fumes hang over its parade of...
Truth is always the first casualty in conflict, aided and abetted by half or part truth plus the blundering hands, heads, and pens of the less intellectual revolutionaries. ...The hostage government is paying for poorly written propaganda. 

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