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the security state in madrid protesters found a unique way to express discontent over a law coming into effect in jewel. demonstrations illegal. to make the point that the right to protest in spain is an illusion. the protesters didn't march, hollow grams did. three years of spending cuts saw nonstop protests against austerity, and the government clearly had enough. critical the gag law muzzles demonstrators and the media that have been covering them. under the law. photographing and filming can constitute a criminal offense, and you can be prosecuted for a tweet if it contains a hashtag containing an event that the government has not authorised. it's not the first time they have been accused of leaning on the tve. according to the polls, it's
opposed by more than 80% of the spanish population. senior appoints at tve reflected the government's interest, with the rise of the anti-austerity, leftist party, and with elections eight months away. protests and a tendency to drive the media narrative is a big part of the story. >> our starting point this week is madrid much that's how protest
organizers got the word out, via a website, allowing anyone everywhere to take an image, convert in an apparition, and march in a virtual way on the congress in madrid. the government calls the public security law a law for the 21st century, the opponents called it a gag law and aped with a protest from the 21st century. >> translation: i thought the hologram was original, a way to express opposition to show a rite to demand and freedom of expression. using hollow grams, people are in the streets where politicians demonstrate. >> the message of the protest is times have changed. that people have to express their own opinions, say what they think and believe. although attempts were made to repress expressions, technology
allows people to access information like never before. >> translation: the organizers and coalition of more than 100 organizations succeeded in creating an original organization creating the attention of television and the digital media. >> using hollow grams ... >> or did they. cnn covered the story, focussing on the hologram innovation than the law itself. it's the first virtual rally of this time. the high cast did a full report. the tve, the state-owned broadcaster covered it in 29 seconds, and the best-known paper buried the story. the gag law changes the rules of political engagement in spain. fail to notify the authorities about a public protest, it's a 600 yourio fine. protest near parliament and cause disturbance, and the fine is up
to 30,000 euros. unauthorised protests near the transport hub, oil refinery and the fine is up to 6,000 euros. the new restrictions against filming police operations give activists more cause for concerns, as does the lack of coverage of the gag law. it showed four out of five span yards opposed the law, including many journalists the the editor of this paper is not one of them. >> i don't think this is about freedom of explosion. i think the violence is dangers than violence by police, they law. able the bill comes as a consequence of the violence used by radical antiestablishment groups, responsible for extremely violent acts. you can't say it's a country lacking freedom.
this is false. in madrid. in the last three years, there's 11,000 demonstrations in which only 15 required intervention. the media linked to the government focused on it, it seemed to justify it, it's to discourage media and those that have independence on protest and the debates. >> translation: if we take the main television networks, none of them dressed how brutally it could compromise the rights. the same applies to the radio stations. newspaper stations failed to report on the significance of this piece of legislation. to find a more detailed balanced information we relied on
web. the once popular broadcaster tve is reeling after a decade of changes. the conservative government changed rules on how tves director occurred. both parties had to come to a consensus making it harder for the government of the day to pick its director. advertising. when rahoy took power, he re-established the old model for the director's appoint at tve, putting a party loyalist in the position. he took an axe to tve's budget. the head argues tve's problems did not start with this government. >> it was others that ruined the television by banning
advertising, reducing the budgeted by 650 million euros, and ordering mass redundancies, sacking staff and employing members from the socialist parties. we need to give tv advertising funding, it must have a competitive workforce and interesting programming. we have to do this because of the damage done by the government the state broadcaster experienced budget cuts. bear in mind while overall spending was cut by 20%, at tve, they were cut by 40%. it was beautal. this is a matter of political will. we are not talking about necessity, but something intentional behind the reduction. >> translation: the results are plain to sea, audiences are not stupid. news bulletins on state
television held the ratings lead, the drop in audience figures over the past three years is remarkable. there's a logic operating between the policies of the past three years and the consequences. all state media is under the control of a single ideological regime, and cutbacks, which limit the reach and relevance while making news for a duopoly or olly galloply a state-owned broadcaster a chateau of itself. protesters on the march. a new party like syriza was born of the protest movement and could come to power. and the gag law making the protests more difficult to organise and for journalists to cover. there's a lot of news coming out of spain. the question is how will the
story be reported in spain on the down low our viewers on the gag law and the way the story is covered in spain. >> they have no approval from the government, it is imposing restrictions to the freedom of expression and information. however, it's not only going to legislate on the stakes, but on the bay people cover the events, without making a description between the participant and others doing their jobs.
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on al jazeera america >> this is the true definition of tough love other media stories on the radar, freedom of the press took a pounding. on april 11th, a court ordered four to five imprisonment. they were from a news website, and a presenter from tv and an egyptian american. they were aum accused of spreading chaos and information about the ousting of mohamed mursi from the muslim brotherhood. sultan, a duel national has been on a hunger strike for a year. his sister han e said. -- hannah said: their sentencing was part of a wider trial in which dozens were
gaoled for support of the now banned brotherhood. according to the latest research egypt became the world is's sixth gaoler. two al jazeera journalists are still awaiting their retrial scheduled for april 22nd. unable to win their case, three civil liberties group took their fight to the european court of human rights. amnesty international, privacy international and liberty are suing the u.k. government on the ground for the british law allowing for mass communication is in breach under the convention. it is claimed that their communications may have been illegally monitored. it comes after a british tribunal ruled na surveillance carried out by britain's spy agencies did not violate
human rights. james welsh the legal director said: nick williams, the legal counsel at amnesty international added: following up on a story we toed you about last week in malaysia, and the way the government used it. it has been strengthened, amended in ways that is bad for democracy. a government extended the lose so it applies to online media, imposing a gaol term of three years. among those charged, a cartoonist, facing 43 years behind bars, charged with posting treats that criticized the judiciary.
it followed the arrest of five journalists at the malaysia insider newspaper, charged after publishing an article on opposition within the royal family. human rights watch called the latest amendments to the law, dating back to the colonial era a human right disaster. it will have a chilling effect on daily life and online communication. more than 20 years ago a psychology student training at an old psychiatric hospital was asked by family and friends what it was like. he came up with an whiedidea to let the patients explain. a radio station broadcasting from inside a mental institution was born. it has been on the air from the jose board of the hospital and buenos aires every saturday afternoon for 23 years, working to destigmatize mental illness,
breaking through the wall in am, and film radio. patients applies and present the show from topics ranging from politics to sports. millions tuned in. it was never intended to be a journalistic exercise, but voices included, the way things are said and stories told are enough to show how voices are repressed, sensored or said aid or how truth lay beyond what has been described. "the listening post" on what they have to say. >> reporter: about 20 years ago
this radio station started tuning in. >> translation: i confess i'm totally depend on radio. i depend on this artefact. the fact that a voice emanate, and it somehow challenges me. in my mind i hear what the foys says and can respond to it, engage with it or ignore it. somehow it generates a connection or a bond in moments when i feel solitude or anguish. >> reporter: this man not only listens, he takes part. for him, like for millions of argentines who are royal followers, the makeshift station sets up every saturday in the courtyard of a mental asylum keeping them safe. >> it is like a current affairs service. it talks about the hot issues that matter to those that produce the radio.
everyone that takes part has things that concern them. they make up the radio bulletin. >> some deal with sport, policy all touching on reality, the things we experience inside and outside the ward. what happens here is an every day situation, they are approached from a different perspective and point of view from where it's supposed to be seen. . >> the cornerstone is based on the fact that it has a chance to be heard. >> i was once a person here. now i have a relatively normal life outside. we have decided to speak. >> there's something about the station. the inside. and what those on the outside
give back. like when the fans from a famous football club donated a car so the radio could go and cover the games. musician gave them the stage. this person started recording his patients when he was a treee psychologist. who would have known they would . >> translation: i started work working in the psychiatric ward 25 years ago. i found people who lost all connection with society. i thought of radio as a tool to bridge the divide and bringing the
two elements together. >> translation: as a patients i start by listening, i got involved. at the time there was no such thing as the internet. all messages were delivered by mail, and i had the job of delivering them. i had the idea of making a radio programme, when we could read out letters from across the country and around the world. the letters were so encouraging it gave us the opportunity to keep going. those letters made us valued, and that is what it is all about. >> translation: the difference between this and other station assist that on a regular radio station there are things that you can and can't say, because the medium has filters. here, there aren't any. this is where the benefit lies,
you can say what you think or feel. others will you. >> translation: journalists say they are independent. they always take sides. they say they are protective. but really they hide the true preferences. i don't do that. i take the side of the government. >> i host a political analyst show. i have taken off the mask. the patient is going through a bad spell, overthinking every step she took. walks was not automatic. it made her think of the experience of being two-legged,
and it translated into a philosophical programme. this person had no intention of posing philosophical intentions. there was a physical effect. they started broadcasting. the aim has been therapeutic. to give the suffering from mental illness the pace to speak freeliment for us working in journalism, where the mainstream news is too scared or careful, the uncut, uncensored voices are a reminder of how become. >> it represents a broken space, forgotten by others. consumer society produces things and throws everything away. from that perspective we can think of a mental asylum as a reservoir of society's psychological waste.
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. >> finally, it's been two years since edward snowden, a former contractor leaked all the documents exposing the extent of digital surveillance by spy agencies around the world. the u.k.'s guardian paper broke the story, responding by sending a team in to the guardian to destroy a laptop that held the secret information. what is left is the inspiration behind an exhibit at the victoria and albert museum in london. the v&a is a design museum, and the exhibit is about devices that we use and issues that come with them. such as who owns the data, and do we forsake our right to privacy. we checked in on a curator. ways to be secret. see us next time at the
"listening post". . >> ways to be secret is a display that tries new thinking arn privacy and data, it is new but important parts of the public realm. >> the guardian laptop was the starting point for the display and the conversation that we had. seeing it destroyed and the scars, it's shocking. the guardian called it a symbolic act of discussion. it's so interesting, like a laptop redesigned. there's a lot of things, the tools of modern citizenship. we go from the selfie stick to the laptop, it's a fun - we don't think about it, we photograph ourselves. they do it in the museum all the time. life. who wanted to unlock a slightly
more sinister access to all of that. it's kept by someone. one of the most interesting phenomena that we looked at was seeing how do you keep the phones secure. it's a phone you can buy now. all of your transmitted messages, and your phone calls are encrypted. these are the router, a web router that ensures web browsers are encrypted. >> there's an object that stands out. the twin typewriter is the lowest object. the russian secret services ordered up a load of the typewriters after the edward snowden leaks when they realised it's too easy to put a u.s.b. stick in a computer to steal data. there's a moment of progress that technology taught them to go back 30 years to feel safe about data in the office. this is on the edge of paranoia,
but could be the caution we have this is al jazeera. hello there. this is the news hour live from london. coming up more desperate survivors, more deaths at sea as the eu promises action to help those risking their lives to cross the mediterranean dozens reported dead after a missile base is attacked in the capital of yemen