Klimaet skal på forsiden

Klimaet skaber forholdsmæssigt få forsidehistorier i de danske aviser og medier, selvom den global opvarmnings oversvømmelser, tørke, tsunamier, og orkaner opfylder alle nyhedskriterierne.

Et hurtigt overblik over forsidehistorier, i en tilfældig uge midt i juni 2017 i de landsdækkende medier viser, at blot én brugte ordene ”klima” eller ”global opvarmning”. I samme uge var der fire forsidehistorier eller forsidehenvisninger, der nævnte flygtninge eller terror, og fire om integrationsminister Inger Støjbergs barnebrude. Read more of this post

Klimaet burde være det ultimative forsidestof

Klimaet, der er udgangspunktet for menneskehedens økonomi og levevis, skaber forholdsmæssigt få forsidehistorier i de danske aviser og medier. Dette selvom den global opvarmnings oversvømmelser, tørke, tsunamier, og orkaner opfylder alle nyhedskriterierne.

Et hurtigt overblik over forsidehistorier, i en tilfældig uge midt i juni 2017 i de landsdækkende medier på Infomedia viser, at blot én brugte ordene ”klima” eller ”global opvarmning” (en lille forsidehenvisning i Berlingske Tidende til historien om at ”Carlsberg vil være grønnere”). Read more of this post

Swazi soccer guru harasses journalists with impunity

mwusSoccer guru Victor Gamedze has allegedly assaulted a journalist and ordered another fired because they wrote unfavourable stories about him and his football team. Such media control and self-censorship is commonplace in Swaziland.

Victor Gamedze, an influential, powerful and politically connected businessman, “controls the Swazi Observer Group of Newspapers,” according to last week’s edition of Swaziland Shopping. Gamedze is also the Acting President of the National Football Association of Swaziland, Premier League of Swaziland Chairman and Mbabane Swallows FC owner. Read more of this post

Media workers protest against working conditions at king’s newspaper

MWUSMembers of the Media Workers Union of Swaziland (MWUS) have gathered near the offices of the Swazi Observer for several days to protest low wages, management intimidation and poor working conditions. The union was barred from holding an actual picket by Swaziland’s High Court.

Negotiations between the Swazi Observer, a newspaper in effect owned and controlled by absolute monarch King Mswati III, and MWUS had started in April, but no real progress has been made since they became deadlocked in June. Read more of this post

The voiceless non-Westerners

Watching the news today about refugees in Kyrgyzstan on Danish television, I saw not one of the refugees, but a Western aid worker, a psychologist from Doctors Without Borders, interviewed. Nothing out of the ordinary. But it made me wonder whether the Western media as a general rule believes that non-Westerners are incapable of speaking for themselves, that they need an “enlightened”, educated Westerner to interpret their situation for them and for the Western viewers and readers. This is the problem, really. We are so used to watching non-Westerners represented in this way that we subconsciously come to accept the fact that they are silent, helpless victims that need our help and guidance. It is not only the media that refuses to give a voice to the voiceless, however. Read more of this post