Posts tagged : "Journalism"

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If There Are No Journalists, We Will Not Know What is Happening in the Dark Parts of the World

If There Are No Journalists, We Will Not Know What is Happening in the Dark Parts of the World

Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: On the second day of the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum 2015 held from June 22 – 24 in the German city of Bonn, a group of journalists, including me representing Iran Review, had the chance to talk with Dunja Mijatović, a prominent European expert on media law and regulation and OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media. OSCE is the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and is known to be the world’s largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization, working on a range of issues including arms control, human rights and freedom of press. OSCE’s member states come from various geographical regions; from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan in...

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World leaders should get united to fight xenophobia

World leaders should get united to fight xenophobia

  Kourosh Ziabari - Tehran Times: The vice-president of the European Commission and European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship says that despite the efforts made by different legislative and executive bodies in the European Union to fight xenophobia and discrimination against religious and ethnic minorities, there are still instances of such discriminatory behaviors in the continent. “The European Commission has been active, for decades, in putting in place anti-discrimination laws and helping Member States who are the ones responsible for fighting discrimination on the ground... Sadly, despite this legislation, there still are instances of discrimination and xenophobia in Europe. Sometimes it is...

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Berlusconi was a total disaster for Italy and its political system

Berlusconi was a total disaster for Italy and its political system

  Kourosh Ziabari - Alexander Stille is a renowned American journalist and university professor. His father, Ugo Stille, was a renowned Italian journalist and former editor of the Milan-based leading daily Corriere della Sera. Alexander Stille graduated from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and is currently working there as a professor of journalism. He has written extensively on Italy domestic and foreign policies and has been a vocal critic of the former Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, accusing him of corruption, accumulating illegitimate power and creating an unrivaled and uncontested media monopoly in the country. Stille has also written about the role of the Sicilian mafia in Italian politics and...

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All free speech systems are works in progress

All free speech systems are works in progress

  Kourosh Ziabari - Craig LaMay is an associate professor of journalism at the Northwestern University. He is a former editorial director of the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center and editor of Media Studies Journal; and a former newspaper reporter. LaMay’s articles and commentaries have appeared on New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Communication and the Law and a number of other media outlets. LaMay has published several books on journalism and mass media of which we can name Journalism and the Problem of Privacy (2003), Commercial Transformation of the Nonprofit Sector, with Burton Weisbrod (1998) and Abandoned in the Wasteland: Children, Television and the First Amendment with Newton Minow...

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9/11 was used as a pretext to launch new wars

9/11 was used as a pretext to launch new wars

  Kourosh Ziabari - Danny Schechter is an American journalist, filmmaker, media critic and author. He has the experience of working with global television networks such as CNN, ABC News, Press TV, Russia Today and Al Jazeera. He has visited 65 countries as a journalist and has traveled to Iran twice. As a media critique, he believes that the mainstream media sometimes fail to give fair and balanced coverage to the important international developments. "I know how the mainstream media frames issues and excludes critical perspectives. As an independent filmmaker, and occasional trouble maker, I also know how difficult it is to offer counter-narratives or critique of policy, especially in build ups to war in many media...

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Freedom of speech has become a propaganda slogan

Freedom of speech has become a propaganda slogan

  Kourosh Ziabari - Andre Vltchek (visit his website here) is a prominent progressive, anti-war novelist, writer, journalist and documentary filmmaker. He was born in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) in Soviet Union but consequently became a naturalized U.S. citizen. As a novelist and playwright, he wrote books such as " Western Terror: From Potosi to Baghdad" and "Ghosts of Valparaiso" which were translated into several languages. His articles have appeared on such news websites and papers as Counterpunch, Z Magazine, Newsweek, Asia Times, China Daily, Irish Times and Japan Focus. He has also been interviewed by Chinese, South African, Turkish, French and Russian newspapers. Vltchek believes that Iran's nuclear program...

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Interview with Swiss philosopher Alain de Botton

Interview with Swiss philosopher Alain de Botton

Kourosh Ziabari - Alain de Botton is a Swiss public intellectual, author, philosopher, television presenter and entrepreneur living in the United Kingdom. He has written several books on literature, philosophy, art, travel and architecture. In August 2008, he established a new educational enterprise in London called "The School of Life". Among his prominent books are "How Proust Can Change Your Life", "The Consolations of Philosophy" and "The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work". De Botton is an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects. The title was awarded to him in recognition of his services to art and architecture. His books are translated into several languages and are among the best-selling works of literature in so...

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No political system can function without a free press

No political system can function without a free press

  Kourosh Ziabari - Prof. Mark Kingwell is a world renowned Canadian author and philosopher. He is the associate chair at University of Toronto's Department of Philosophy. Kingwell is a fellow of Trinity College. He specializes in theories of politics and culture. Kingwell has published twelve books, most notably, A Civil Tongue: Justice, Dialogue, and the Politics of Pluralism, which was awarded the Spitz Prize for political theory in 1997. Spitz Prize is annually awarded by a panel based in the Department of Political Science of Columbia University to the author of the best book in liberal and/or democratic theory. Kingwell is the contributing editor to Harper's Magazine. His articles on philosophy, culture, journalism, art...

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How come Israeli warmongers become global thinkers?

How come Israeli warmongers become global thinkers?

Kourosh Ziabari - The Washington Post Company-owned American bimonthly magazine “Foreign Policy” published in its December issue the list of world’s top 100 global thinkers. This list is supposed to introduce people who have had the most remarkable influence on the world’s economic, political and social developments. The right-win magazine, which invariably includes in its annual lists of top global thinkers names such as Bill Gates, Paul Krugman, George Soros, Ben Bernanke and one or two Chinese dissidents, this year came up with a striking innovation and named Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak as the co-winners of the 13th berth of the top 100 global thinkers! The reason for...

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U.S. is allied with and actively supports Al-Qaeda

U.S. is allied with and actively supports Al-Qaeda

  Kourosh Zibari - American political commentator believes that the United States has been constantly allied with Al-Qaeda and supported it militarily and financially. "Major media have recently had to acknowledge that US-NATO interests are aligned with Al Qaeda in Syria, of course overlooking the fact that the US and Sunni States also recruited and armed these soldiers of fortune. What the Obama administration has sought to do with the alleged murder of Bin Laden in May 2011 is to close the chapter on the old, villainous Al Qaeda and open a chapter on the new and friendly Al Qaeda. This narrative is slowly unfolding, while Americans are instructed on a different bogey to fear, which now appears to be homegrown terrorism," he said...

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