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many of whom no doubt prayed for a better future. al jazeera, west jerusalem. >> much more on that story and everything else that we have been covering on our website. see our top story there, reports that isil is overrun the last holdout in ramadi. aljazeera.com. [ ♪♪ ] hello, i'm giz richard gizbert, and you are at "listening post". here are some stories. britain elects a new government. job done another american goes
to gaol for leaking an intelligence story to the news media. the "new york times". macedonia, a former yugoslavia republic, a surveillance scandal having germans up in arms and others on the rope. journalists. >> it's probably not going to happen britain has just gone through an election delivering a new government. the paraphrase, quoting mark twain, the end of influence proves to be premature. the press in the u.k. is owned by a few wealthy moguls leaning to the right supporting big business and usually the conservative party. some names like rupert murdoch are well-known, but others whose profiles are not as high but are as familiar to the politicians running to office as those are to voters. some, including
defeat, say with print circulation in decline, and the stenches of a phone hacking scandal, that the press barons no longer have the cloud. is that the case, when their ability to shape the discussion remains, and not just with their readers, but by setting the agenda in broadcast media, which is where most get their news. >> with the conservatives in power, the shape of the media could change. the bbc accused those on the bias. as for those on the print side of the leveson inquiry following the hacking scandal - seems to go nowhere. our starting point this week is london. . >> newspapers in this country are proudly partisan. identity. >> right wing government gets
purchase and it would be reckless to think murdoch did not move voters in the last week of the campaign. >> they have taken the style from british politics, a style that attacked the journalism getting the papers in trouble. >> in the u.k. you don't owe the times for money, but to give you a seat at the table. >> the official election campaign ran for 5.5 weeks, during which the story never came alive. it was a long turgid piece of political theatre with the parties, the poll's, sleepwalking into a second consecutive minority government. surprise. >> it would be simplistic to say it was the right-wing press that won it. it's an interesting feature that you see this close sinking of newspapers. >> a weak ed miliband government propped up by the
snp. >> it's combine work and pages. >> the views, so much owned by rupert murdoch, had a view about ed miliband, based around expected competence, and we articulated that, shared by the electorate. people don't necessarily align their vote with the editorial personality or direction. newspaper that they read. and i certainly don't think they slavishly follow their advice. what i think they do do is set the tone and some of the direction of tv coverage sometimes the way in which tv news takes its queues from print journalism is obvious. british broadcasters have a point of examining to the point of obsessing over what the papers sigh. bbc tv had a show called that. that programme is now defunct. although bbc radio broadcasts a
show with the same title and the tv channels devotes segments to the stories and opinions in the print press. the real impact is off camera. go into a tv news and you'll find newspapers are part of the furniture. editors read them. con shesly or subconsciously their attenda could be affected. the daily is out shown on the political right. some, and the "daily mail" have an agenda with a capital a. >> the press sets the gwenda and it comes out very hard on the broadcasters when they don't met the agenda. you notice a change in tone. bbc, and they are following the way the print media described
things, you'll listen to an programme. >> you went ahead with the it. >> where everything is, you know, how are you going to pay for that, clear the deficit. those are the only criteria for sensible policy making that the booep admit. that's the -- bbc admit. that's the first time in my life i hear the bbc only interested in those questions. >> a perk of owning a newspaper is you have a seat at the table and editorial decisions at the bbc. they were used as it were as a proxy for public opinion. if all the millions buy this, the thinking is in some way they must be speaking to public opinion out there. the idea that the best way to take the temperature of the nation is through the filter of editorial decisions - that seems to me a lunatic proposition, yet that is where the bbc tends to look. >> i think the influence of the print press is diminishing
it. it is that simple. okay, it sets some of the broadcasters agenda. don't forget, the dirty big secret of printed newspapers is how old the readers are. printed newspapers simply do not reach very many people under the age of 35 how flungs are the papers -- flungs are the papers when it comes to tv knews, a study reflected it reflected the right wing point. case in point. when a letter signed by 103 business leader backed the scs, 38% of tv election coverage was about the letter. when 140 health professionals wrote about the national health service backing the opposition labour party, tv news virtually ignored it. we found one report and a few articles online. the study said the conservatives faired campaign
issues, making up 40." dwarfing the coverage of the left. a study found the same coverage channels. it's the publicly owned bbc that the papers go after. now prime minister cameron has a majority government, the bbc can expect efforts to reform it. >> the principles of the bbc, something that we fund together and operates as a public service for all of us encounter the right wing social ideal. so they are hostile to it in a way that the left could never be. what generally happens when the conservatives want to break a public service is that there is a period of underfunding and fighting until everybody agrees that the institution is broken. >> bbc is arguing the largest newspaper in the country produces a lot of content. in direct competition to newspapers and
magazine making a living from selling a product based around news, sport and features. there's an argument that the bbc is in direct competition with enterprise. >> in the dying days ed miliband said rupert murdoch's power is not what it once was, that the phone hacking scandal diminished the media baron and his influence. that may be true, and perhaps murdoch and the right wing press this nothing to do with the election results. but with the conservatives in power, majority government in hand and no coalition parties to slow them down or dilute their agenda, the british media stakes will be worth watching on the download viewers on the coverage of the british election story.
. >> i think that the conservative leaning parts of the press which are in the majority are brutal and personal at times in their attacks on ed miliband during the u.k. general election. that probably was a factor in the result. it was labour's worst result since 1987. if the labour party - it cannot look to the press coverage. >> there's a lot of talk in the run-up to the election about social media, digital media. that appears not to be the case. it will be interesting to see in five years time what happens when the circulation is declined further, and social >> my name is imran garda the show is called third rail, when you watch this show you're gonna find us being un-afraid. the topics will fascinate you, intrigue you... >> they take this seriously... >> let me quote you...
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[ ♪♪ ] other media stories on the radar, a former c.i.a. officer convicted of sharing classified information on iran to a new york times journalist has been gaoled for 3.5 years. jeffrey stirling was sentenced after being found guilty of violating the espionage acts after allegedly leaking details of a programme to reporter james rieson, who wrote about it in his book, and was pressured by the justice department to confirm that stirling was his source.
he refused. prosecutors wanted is longer sentence. stirling's lawyers cited the case of david petraeus as a legal precedent. he was spared gaol time after sharing informs with his biographer and one-time lover. mohamed fadel fahmy, one of three journalist in prison is suing his employer. lawyers filed a lawsuit in vancouver on may 5th, and is seeking $100 million. he said the network: he was the cairo's she have along with peter greste and mohammed badr. they were convicted of spreading false news. peter greste has been deported. mohamed fadel fahmy and mohammed badr are awaiting retrial. the network said:
in bangladesh another blogger has been murdered, the third killing in three months. on may 11th he was hacked to death by a gang in the east. authorities are yet to confirm the motive. but the 33-year-old was threatened over a pro-secular blog post. religious groups pushed for tougher anti-blasphemy laws to keep religions out of politics. his bloggings was based on anated yist blog are who was killed. and another was killed for anti-islamic writing. from the u.s. based committee to protect journalists it was said:
macedonia is a small country of 2 million people. the government has a big media story. three months ago the leader of the main opposition party accused of the government of an ilsurveillance programme, the phone tapping of 20,000 poem, including 100 journalists over a 4-year period. the prime minister denied the allegations saying the recordings are fabricated even though top ministers resigned, and his intelligence chief. initially the state-owned broadcaster and a number of other media outlets took the deposit at its word, choosing not to air or public the tapes until authenticity was verified. they turned into a mouth peace for the government, refusing to have the opposition leader on the air. a claim denied. it's happening as macedonia seeks to join the european
union. e.u. official in brussels watch closely. flo phillips on what the opposition is calling the truth about macedonia. [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: they are known as political bombs. a series of wire-tapped conversations suggesting the macedonian prime minister and his government have been conspireing to among other things, rig media coverage. the mass surveillance programming exposed by the opposition leader back in february allegedly targetting thousands of citizens and scores
of journalists is a big story. it took the resignation of dozens of ministers for the state-owned broadcaster to address the story. >> amazingly neither the leader of the opposition or anyone else has been invited by the show. the public broadcaster has to report, but macedonion radio and television refuse to report within anyone of the programmes. shame on them. >> i sincerely regret one of the biggest scandals has been revealed by a political party, it's strange. if you ask me, in any normal situation, this would have been journalism.
>> in several of the published recordings, they say voices appeared are reduced at some of the major tv channels. as an allo cart menu. they order what they like. the best illustration is a whole story where we hear the chief and culture minister in conversation. the editor-in-chief was heard saying they it had been preordered. this is an explicit example of the media providing coverage in return for government
kickbacks. in another conversation, the editor is instructed how to conduct the eeng news. demanding the moving of news to a better slot. >> this is nothing other than directly editing the news programme. the director of the secret service is basically the editor-in-chief. the media is turning into nothing more than propaganda. >> reporter: we contacted the state-owned broadcaster over allegations that not a single member of the party had been invited on the channel. it sent a statement saying:
we followed up and asked if there were invitations after 2.5 months. the producer said he couldn't remember, our attempt to get a clear answer proved futile. draw your own conclusions. macedonia is a polarized country, with each side pointing the finger. the government has its supporters, some of whom were in the media. >> i believe we have a situation where the minister faked the material. we have no proof that the tapes are authentic. when we have media, do we expect them to be involved. >> given the effect that no one
authenticated the recordens, i assume they are true. a list of journalists whose phones from wire tapped - my name was near the top. they have critical views, someone does not like them. that's why we are being targeted. thomas had a rough couple of years. they found that they were top of the government's top list. an independent journalist discovered he was a target, but he wasn't just being tacked. last month a death threat in the form of a funeral wreath was delivered to his door, sparking vigil. >> where the death thread comes from, i cannot say. the pro-government media employed hate speech, supported by
the government i can say for sure that the threat is an example of that. >> the ranking in the reporters without borders has fallen 83 places in six years. constant pressure critical is one factor. but the closure of a british independent tv channel is another. in 2011, special forces shut down the station after the owner was indicted for tax avoidance. the importance believes the issue only materialized when the channel got stuff. supporters of the government play the numbers game. >> macedonia is a leader when it comes to media throughout europe, in everywhere.
we have 123 registered tv stations, a record in europe. we have six national channels, each with an unbiased editorial policy. crucially it means important information cannot be buried. >> translation: we have an absurd situation, 180 broadcast outlets, but the media reeks of unprofessionalism. the government stresses the numbers, but forget to say they have an oil output. information. it's hardly surprising we are in a deep political crisis. the media are not part of the solution. they are part of the problem. >> with each day that passes the deepens. the prime minister is looking isolated. it may not be long before all media are covering his story.
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finally, if you are studying journalism, firing off application letters trying to make your way in an industry whose economic model has been demolished by the digital earthquake, and you need a pep elsewhere. you may want to lock away from the screen. felix salmon, based in new york, set up career advice for those aspiring to be journalists - the long and short of it - don't bother, it's not worth it. his letter made the rounds, it was a healthy exercise. no one was paid. that's the problem. mr salmon sat in front of the camera to deliver the bad news with a personal touch. see you next time here at . >> dear budding journalist.
thanks - thank you for your email. and superenjoyed by the lovely things, how you'd love to have a career in journalism and do what i do. but, you won't. today is a wonderful time for journalism. i'm a goldenager, i'm astonished by the quantity and quality of material produced in places. that does not mean life is good for journalists. in fact, life is not good for journal of the. people have told you. take it from me, journalism is a dumb career move. there's an explosion in the number of talented people writing online. it's supply and demand. supply of those that rise, their price falls. then you have a platform revolution, everyone is a platform, and what you have when you lay a platform is value which lays not in journalists,
in human talent, but the confluence of product, brand, technology - journalists, workers, labour that is easily replaceable. still, you want to be a journalist and want my advice - number one, get deep subject matter expertise. number two, get skills which you can get better at over time, like illustration or audio writing. everyone can do that. number three - you need luck and privilege. i'm superprivileged, it helped me it be well educated, and have an english accent that makes me sound more intelligence than i am. if you care about great journalism, find the great stories. if you want a career where you can bring up children, make more money, i don't know what to tell you, except i'm sorry, but it's