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you're at "the listening post". here are some of the stories we are tracking - violence in the south-east. key elections in less than a month, and now the worst bomb attack in modern history. the turkish story gets darker. in the cross hairs, the group declares private channels satanic and on the list for emim nation. oil money, it's a slippery slope. news of the refugees by the refugees for danish readers. in the past four months since fays one of the turkish election, we have returned to the "listening post". turkey's media landscape is diverse, noisy and has become polarized and under pressure. this past week when twin bomb blasts rip through a peace valley, the change of reporting the story was magnified by the tension felt across the media.
authorities were swift to issue orders, forbidding pictures of the blast, and instructing telephone operatos to slow down. there were stories unfolding in turkey, the battle between the military and kurdish fighters. the air strikes on i.s.i.l. in syria, and there's phase 2 of a make or break election. a key party came across the airwaves, in the past two weeks there has been more attacks. and a series of opposition broadcasters taken off the air. as turkey heads for the elections, the government fight to control the election intensified. our starting point this week is ankara. chaos in the capital. moments after the deadliest bomb attack in turkey in decades. news channels were slow to
broadcast on the events. the turkish premier imposed a temporary broadcast band regarding the terror attack this morning, it said. it was reinforced four days later through a court order. before the week was out, authorities launched an investigation against an influential newspaper. . >> the first reflex of the authority is to ban, to restrain the media matter. saying they cannot air the incident. they said that this is a security issue and it was discouraging for many. it's depressing. stop airing it. >> reporter: media freedom is necessary. families that lost their loved ones have a right. demanding media season before feels a bit selfish.
it's important to report facts accurately, than rushing to get the news out before other outlets. >> because of this functional media, young people, especially military people turned to social media. >> there are around 12 million twitter users, and since the mass protest in 2013, they had to learn to work around government-controlled bans and restrictions. transparency shows a spike in requests. 718 requests in 2013 alone. coming second was russia with 17 requests. >> in the afternouth are math of the bombing, turkish twitter gets into overdrive. the online activity didn't last.
>> in terms of the power of social media, i would say the exception of a couple, most of the tv channels failed in there coverage of going to the sources, making people talk, et cetera, et cetera. what the social media fulfilled once more, one could see videos, pictures, people, effective victims, relatives giving their voices. this was the efficiency of the social media. and the tweeting was effective. >> the slowdown began five hours after the bombing. i was following the news, and five hours later, it slowed down. sometimes it totally stopped. >> this is not the first time bandwidth slowed down. it happened during other protests. it was blocked at some point. those in turkey have gone
through this, and know how to get around this, through vpn. >> what is not so easy to work around is tv channels bumped off the air on 9th of october. turkey's largest satellite provider dropped seven times from its menu. it cited legal obligations. the news output has been critical of the ruling party. they've been friendly with the allied president. >> translation: those channels were founded by businessmen from a network. the government closes down the media. they were only able to remove them from those platforms, it's an example of what already
happened, blocked by the government after elections on june the 7th. >> there has been systematic attacks against large media groups in turkey, since the june 7th elections, they focussed media groups, and those are put on as prime targets. the reason behind the concentration is all the groups have tv channels. 85% of the turkish electorates. society gets news from the tv. control of tv. it is pretty much key for controlling the crowds and electoral patterns. >> in the last few days i've heard more in the media saying the bombing is in the interests of ltp. they support the finger at the
other kurdish moment. i'm 100% more we'll here more and more conspiracy against them and the kurds. the government would be forced to take responsibility for security failure. turkey is a difficult story to report. in june, they lost their political party, and the kurdish gained unprecedented ground. the politics divided the media. the rift was deeper when military operations began in the south-east. >> media access in the battle front is limited. and in the last two months, numerous critical outlets are charged with spreading terrorist propaganda. >> it's more difficult.
journalists have been more or less investigated. some were indicted, and about 10 of them have been sentenced to prison. many journalists independent, free journalists have been fired. the dismissals continue, they lose their jobs and cannot be rehired again. >> i want to show you a couple of newspaper cuttings to respond to the question on whether or not recep tayyip erdogan cracked down media. this is an ultra nationalist paper, look at the subtitle. this dictator account for his activities, then it reads we are calling a dictator a dictator. in a country where media is under pressure, you can't call a dictator a dictator, you can't challenge them in this way. then there's this. what does honour mean? they are calling him by a first name. it could be considered offensive. i leave it up to you to diet
whether of turkish press is a threat. >> the split is wide. i never seen such a hatred among ordinary people in society. media are amplifying the intolerance and reaches a point where though one can stand each other. from the people who are affected. >> people need to demand reform... >> ali velshi on target
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taliban threatened to eliminate two privately owned media channels. in a statement from what the taliban calls the military mission of islamic emirate. total tv was accused of misreporting the invasion of kunduz. the statement went on the to declare all reporters and associates would be deemed enemy personnel. tolo has been critical of the taliban, one of the largest broadcasters, its head of current affairs, saying we cannot allow the threat to set our agenda in kunduz or anywhere else. the covering is unchanged. six months after a trial in tehran, "the washington post" journalist jason rai [s] [e]]in has been declared guilty.
of what, no one knows, he's been in iran for 450 days, arrested in july in 2014. and charged with espionage. >> in a video on "the washington post" website the foreign minister denounced the verdict. >> this is an injustice. >> his brother, wife and mother have been in tehran filing for a breakthrough and will file an appeal. last week we reported on the coverage of russian air strikes in syria, from the western media to cheer on the russian airways. coverage of the geopolitical war games took a peculiar term. on the privately owned channel, the host aired footage of what he said were russian air strikes. in fact, the clip is from a video game called apache air
strike produced by a russian gaming company. the lack of a geographical marker and the voice didn't ring alarm bells for the producers or moousta who was prays for the bombing. >> online egyptians took the mistake and ran with it, creating a budge of mems mocking the hope. a tweet has a grab from the racing game "mario cart", and said tonight a report on cairo traffic of the the station and musa have yet to comment it's election season in canada, and the conservative government led by prime minister stephen harper is fighting for a third term in office. there has been a longer running carefully strategiesed push from one of canada's important industries, oil and gas?
a. the tar sands in western alberta have the third largest forces in the world. there has been many stories in the media highlighting the impact. greenhouse gas and safety. in the last decade or so, oil companies poured money through, and have been supported in the campaign by the government. for every oil story, many are untold. now the oil industry on the impact from the country's media. >> when the energy we invest in life meets the energy we cool. >> the energy driving the
economy. >> reporter: canada's energy sector, the oil companies, brought up a lot of air time. the message is clear. >> oil companies are saying we are stewards of the land and promise to look after everything. >> we'll never stop working to protect our environment and people. if you look at adds you'll see a grotesque spewing of toxins coming from the plants. >> there's a real dissidents between how the oil companies see themselves and how the opponents of the oil and gas industry want to convey this. >> up until the federal election campaign, you couldn't turn the tv, a radio, go to major
canadian online news sites without seeing usualing, glitzy overwhelming oil stands propaganda. fort mcmurray, the heart of the industry. millions flow into proindustry messaging, and it spend $4 million on advertising in 2013 and 14. >> 65 million aimed at the market. we spoke to c a.p., representing more than 200 companies, cap has spend $2 million n adds in addition to campaign. the industry that is gone from not advertising to being active.
there has been a lot of dialogue. >> there's concern over a toxic spill. >> it's important to get the message out. >> there was a time the canadian media risked oil. but some now are addicted to the revenue from the petroleum industry. the canadians are wondering how much of real story is reported. and what doesn't. >> fuelling media skepticismar a few conflicts of from cases. >> in 2014 it was revealed that rex murray, a high profile commentator from c.b.c. was paid by the oil industry for seasons at their event. ed. >> the people that criticize you, why are you listening to them. >> the c.b.c. defended murphy saying the important thing to
understand is rex is not a regular reporter. that is not true of the host. >> he poke to oil and gas. he talked about the value of public broadcasting and the role of the c.b.c. in the national psyche. he said all the right things. the problem was he took a speaker's fee of $28,000, leaving the impression that he's the best journalist money can buy. the media will be influenced by it. there's so much advertising dollars coming from the oil industry. they don't want to piss that off. >> it's going ahead with a massive projects. it's safe to say if you look at
most of the reporting it's not critical of the oil industry in this country. >> this presentation was delivered to cap in 2013. outlining a strategy for collaboration between cap and post media, a conglomerate owning 45 daily newspapers. according to douglas kelly, we'll work with cap to amplify energy mandates. the national post will undertake all means editorially and technically. we asked post media to explain the thinking behind the collaboration. they sent a brief statement. >> we are proud to have cap as an advertise. theirs has been on innovative i'veing add hearing to labelling guidelines. >> there are editorial outliers. mike de sousa covered the environmental beat. >> if you look at the work when i was at post media.
they gave me an enormous amount of freedom to pursue a lot of stories. not everyone would say it represents the industry. if there's a problem, they have a problem to do with the size of news rooms and budget cuts. i was, for the most part, self assigning and i could do a lot of interesting stories. >> bruce has a different story to tell. he put together a documentary for canada's second biggest broadcaster. the film was big in the energy industry, and key players in the debate over the controversial pipeline, running from canada to the united states. the documentary was pulled days before transmission. >> they made the claim that the story was unbalanced, but never claimed what the other side was. the story was vetted by very
cautious lawyer, their lawyer. it had been vetted by my boss, who was worried about it. the only explanation is that the subject that it was critical of the oil sands, critical of the oil industry and critical of powerful people. some thought it would offend advertisers in the vital sector. we can't afford it. the media in canada, like other places, are in a funding crisis. news outlets, public and private faced budget cuts and lay offs. pet roe dollars buying up the print space are plugging a hole. >> the guys sat down and whiteboarded a strategy and steam rolling canadians for a massive campaign. >> we spent a lot in media
relations and community relations. and spent a lot in research. >> it has ns worked. >> not one new pipeline approved. >> massive protests. it's a credit to canadians that they didn't fall for the nonsense. >> critical reporting is persistent. for some canadian outlets, as long as money comes from the oil industry, there's a chance that the message could be polluted.
finally center lebanon, germany, greece and australia the refugee story has global residence. there has been xenophobic coverage from some outlets. some have live-tweeted parliamentary debates in an effort to deflect the scope of the crisis. in denmark, the newspaper handed over the friday edition of 12 journalists that came to the country, most syrian and iraqi, everyone on the team spoke lang wings, pulling together the paper bass a feat. the edition was cover to dofr. at the editor said, refugees from statistics, extras in the debate. it is the refugees speaking to us. we went to canadian open to hear
what they had to say. we'll see you next time at the "listening post". >> translation: for me it was an opportunity to return to my profession - journal. >> but also this was a chance to convey a political message, particularly to those that believe we don't belong here, that we are monsters. >> there was very good stories, stories that i wouldn't have dreamt of reading in our paper. we talked of covering russia's bombing. our journalist called an ex-asset. >> we published correspondence between me and my friend in syria, and found both of us
faced similar problems. i suffer from loneliness because i'm living far from my friends. she is lonely, all her friends in syria fled or have been arrested or killed. >> we printed a larger edition than we normally do. 10% larger, it was sold out throughout the country. it was a collector's piece, people sharing it. >> translation: i was happy about how popular the edition was. firstly, we were able to make our voices heard. secondly it may be a step towards giving others a chance, also doctors, lawyers, others, so they can be a part of this society.
i'm ali velshi. "on target" tonight digital divide. the battle to bring high speed internet to those who want it and the laws that got in the way. plus, data crack down. the european ruling that could force american tech companies to make some changes. 19 years ago this month president bill clinton and vice president al gore announced a $100 million program to help create what they called the next generation internet. in their remarks, both men used a term that isor