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the fifth anniversary of the christchurch earth quake in new zealand. thousands attended a service. the names of all 185 people who were killed in the disaster were read out. there was also one minute's silence. you're with al jazeera. [ ♪ ] hello i'm richard gizbert and you are at "the listening post". here are some stories we are tracking.
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india, can the government help. palestinian reporter works for hamas, and a hunger strike that lasted three months. a candidate that broke a taboo, and how the news media handled it. if in doubt and your campaign is bottoming out. bash them india's capital witnessed extraordinary scenes, 800 journalists marched to the supreme court to present a petition demanding protection. . >> as well attacks. a student leapeder at -- leader at a university was arrested on starches much sedition in charges marking the muslim kashmiri, convicted of an attack on the indian parliament. that arrest, jmu, a
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prestigious university started a free speech debate since narendra modi and his party came into power, and when journalists tried to put to trial. they were attacked. the the police, they say, failed to intervene. >> more journalists talking about a climate of oppression. a large democracy, and a struggle to cover splits cli sensitive stories. the "the listening post" on the events in new delhi, and implications for dialogue and freedom of speech in india over the past 10 days indian news consumers watched a debate unfold on tv with increasing decibel levels.
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you call it spot the traitor. >> freedom of expression. >> what happened was clearly a reflection of what happens in campus politics in different parts of the country, where there are groups with strong stwam -- extreme opinions on dangerous areas. some of the slogans were seen to be anti-nationals. they were in support of a group, the parliament terror group, and the campus was polarize d, and that is also reflected in the media. >> it was covered
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extensively. people see this as a freedom of expression. our point of view is if you start to support the terrorists, it's not genuine. >> they reported the incident with our point of view. such things could not be allowed in this country. >> this is basically reduced to the trades reduced. >> i charge challenge you. i challenge you. let us see. let us see. who toes the line. >> anyone who is critical of the government. anyone speaking about the
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absurdity against the president is labelled anti-national. the culmination is a couple of days ago when the president of the students was to appear in court. up. >> they cornered me and others. i remember one of them saying that they would break their bones. this is a combination of giving rise to that story. the fact this story is taking police, they have been attacked and killed. but the assault in the capital, not least because they took to
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the street, 800 of them. >> demanding an investigation into violence. >> it was a big display of solidarity. attacks have taken place. they are politically organized groups. >> one move stretches across the country. violence and intimidation is acceptable. how can we be silent at a time like this. >> for journalists, there are no strangers. but editors and reporters tell you that they are already on the rise when they come into power.
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the pressures have grown. but the government ministers make it clear, in under 140 characters. on the news story, the minister for home affairs, those involved in activities or propaganda will not be harassed. with dissent tightening, issues are harder to debit. and the area is polarized. it had an effect on output. the face of the english news channel specializes. they have critics. dt professor is on the front line of a war against honesty,
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electoral freed oum. and uses terms add nowsium. anti-national, patriotic are urgent prayses. he was unavailable to speak to us. we have converted anchors into judges. we already prejudge. >> i am personally walked out of the show and have written a long critique. holding canning roar court. the leaster journalists have been ambitious. >> what does it mean... >> the manner and y and then a vicious
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campaign against narenda modi. as far as taking a stand on issues the takes them to stand on the issue. how they report has been negative. >> those killed on the borders, if a section of media in this country, if they call them a martyrs, what do you call those that lost their lives defending history for the indian media. this is a crucial time.
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the media have victory, and thaurn journal >> you have seen worse in the past. the media, opening the innings. questions are being asked. 9/11 in trim time television, yes. therethere be fighting and other repercussions. we see that the government answer to failies. >> the only live national news show at 11:00 eastern. >> we start with breaking news. >> let's take a closer look.
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of the media store yois on our -- stories on our radar, we reported on a previous programme on a studio that reports from across the border. a founder is in a turkish gaol. arrested by turkish immigration officials, february 17th, while applying for a residents firm. reasons for arrest are unknown. thought they are among news sites reporting it along with i.s.i.l. militants. given i.s.i.l. hostility towards syrian journalists, his life may be in peril. it comes three weeks after a group of journalists were
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invited to meet recep tayyip erdogan. a palestinian journalist prisoned by the israeli authorities, reported for 85 days. this man was working for a tv studio, accused of being a hamas activist. he was held under administrative detention, which under israeli law allows the authorities to indefinitely hold without trial prisoners deemed to be a threat. earlier this month israel's supreme court lifted the ord, but ruled that he may not leave the hospital or be transferred to one west bank. according to his lawyer, he has lost 40 kilograms, and no longer has the ability to speak. israel has 6,900 palestinians. 650 of whom are under administrative detention. the war in yemen is taking its
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toll media. >> one was killed covering fighting for houthi forces. and the yemeni resistance that support forces to the country. he was shot by a houthi sniper and died on the spot. he works for the yemen launched tv website. journalists are facing a conflict. some have been casualties of the crossfire. two television journalists and their three children were killed in an air strike by the saudi-led coalition in sanaa. at least 10 other media people had been killed in yemen 18 months ago when
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donald trump started his campaign for the white house house they thought they had a handle on tim. trump's dominance has gone on longer than the pundits predicted. he's making all kinds of people nervous. he articulates inconvenient truths, bringing us to the republican debate in south carolina last weekend. trump declared live to a national audience that the bush administration by association, the president himself, deliberately lied to the american people about weapons of mass destruction in iraq. over the past 15 years american politicians and journalists have been critical of the iraq war, the way it was fought and the intentions. when a person blamed the worst that they accused the administration of is poor judgment.
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the white house was victimized. they never accused president bush of starting a war based on lives. that is what the leading government candidate did. not even liberal media in the u.s. can dare do. obviously the war in iraq is a big, fat mistake. >> they lied. they said there were weapons of mass instruction. they knew there was none. there were no destruction. >> that booing you hear sa sound of a taboo broken. when donald trump called mexican immigrants drug criminals and
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rapists, he was criticized but no one booed. >> total and complete shutdown of muslims. >> no body booed. the cb s debated when talking about the bush administration, he went too far. at least for many of the people in the room. >> trump is a frightening and interesting figure in that he is willing to acknowledge truths that our hiding. >> we should never be in a wreck. in this case he is challenging a mythical narrative that has emotional residents within its own constituency. >> i think it is clear that it is not a trough chain of america, it was republican
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function air yeas. as a matter of fact, if you look at the tracker of the response to what people were saying done by a group of regular people. trump's numbers went up as he was launching his attack. so i think if you saw the general public there, you have heard cheers instead of boos. >> the same cannot be said of major american news outlets. donald trump have said words would have made news media squirmed. they failed to question in the invasion. >> george w. bush was right about saddam hussein hiding weapons of mass destruction. >> and what he failed to point ultimate. no wmds turned up and the war went from bad to worth. >> we have lost 4,000 american men and women.
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>> big names in american journalism is got take kindly to what was said. >> last night adopted a lie. and people died. >> commentators will come out saying it's a hard left theory, proven over and over from reports, from the bush administration, because then you might expose the lie. >> it's a stinging indictment that takes donald trump to make the statement. >> there were no weapons of mass instruction. the media is complicit in perpetuating a clean up. and do not implicate themselves in a decision to go forward. they may place blame to the front pages for the "new york times".
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not on the newspaper. >> the noougs was like a lot of institutions. they draw the line at bad notice, put critically. a nobel effort. they thought they could bring peace, justice and freedom. there has been too much blood and treasure on these ungrateful in the middle east. it's where it all - all lines are drawn. >> political debuts exist. in turkey, calling the killing of one point. it can land you in court. in bangladesh, questioning the official numbers of those killed
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in the 1971 war with pakistan is taboo. the nuclear weapons programme is an open secret but censors prevent journalists reporting on it. >> often it takes an outsider like donald trump to break a taboo, to go where others refuse to go. >> it's a form of social prohibition. it is a way of reducing the social order. the claim of weapons of mass destruction challenges the role of the media. >> there are functions to protect the institutions. subject to deeper scrutiny. >> the establishment manipulated and lied.
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it is to step outside the boundaries of acceptable criticism. it is to attack the virtue. when that is done, you are out of the mainstream completely. >> if you think it were true, it could raise a couple of eyebrows, you notice about how perhaps we should focus on other things. aren't there many discuss. >> that is not to describe on the wall in the newsroom, but every journalist nose what they are. you internalize it. acceptable that this is, and what is unacceptable. >> it's a change to fox news. donald trump was unapologetic. >> i'm not doing it to win election, i'm doing it - the war
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was a horrible thing. you can have yet another election. it was talking about the importance of trust betweenize party and voters, with a message in there, that the main stream media might want to take on board. the media is part of the establishment. media. >> that is why it is not loud in television. it took a guy as crazy as donald trump to break the taboo. >> tell me which part of this is the free press. >> this is al jazeera america live from new york. >> at 7:00 - "news roundup". tony harris gives you a fast-paced recap of the day's events. >> this is the first line of defense. >> we have an exclusive story tonight. >> then at 8:00 - john seigenthaler brings you the top stories from across america. >> the question is, will these dams hold?
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>> and at 9:00 - >> i'm ali velshi, on target tonight... >> ali velshi on target. digging deeper into the issues that matter. >> i'm trying to get a sense for what iranians are feeling.
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finally the u.s. election campaign has another 8 month to go. the two parties have not come close to choosing the nominees, and the number of televised debates is in double figures, accounting for more than 20 hours of air time. the candidates trade blows over policy, substance and in style. but one topic where they tend to find common ground is news media. shooting the messenger, slamming mainstream media for bias coverage may go down well with focus groups.
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all kind of media are doing it, producing a wealth of sound bites. we stepped up a few snippets of media bashing. you can see more of this between now and november. see you next time at the . >> let me say something at the outset. the questions asked is why the media. >> do you want to respond? >> no. >> you call women you don't like fat picks, slobs, dogs and discussed animals. >> if you don't like it, i'm sorry. such a nasty question, and it's not a nicely asked question the way you say it. >> double standard mean the mainstream media. it's evidence of bias that exists much. >> the contrast with the democratic debate where every question from the media is which of you is more hand sol and why? >> let me say something about the media.
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a stand-off in a ufrt between police and five-- university between police and students in relation to five students charged with sedition. you're watching al jazeera live from our headquarters in doha. also ahead on this program uganda's opposition leader has been taken into police custody as the protesters plan to-- supporters plan to protest against the election. 21d


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