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tv   The Listening Post 2018 Ep 7  Al Jazeera  February 17, 2018 10:32pm-11:00pm +03

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ways opposition leader morgan tsvangirai has been repatriated from south africa he died on wednesday after battling code on cancer organ sanger i was a key figure in zimbabwe in politics and founded the movement for democratic change a quarterback a star on has sentenced a man to death for the murder and rape of a six year old girl zainab and sorry her body was found in a rubbish dump after she'd been strangled the case triggered protests across the country. at least twenty people have been killed by three suicide bombers at a market in northern nigeria the suicide bombers blew themselves up at a fish market in can do good just outside my degree on friday night. students from the school in florida were seventeen people were shot dead on wednesday have been among those old in a protest rally to demand tighter gun control the man who's been charged with the murders is a former student at the high school who police say was able to buy weapons illegally there's the headlines to stay with us yards are listening post is up next
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one is for you after that thanks for watching by foot. i think it's must feel to ask the patient i'm i'm. just i'm. talking. point among the most closely watched early on when that sense is level diplomacy. alarm richard just but if you're at the listening post here are some of the media stories we've been tracking this week five rings two countries one flag if they handed out medals for spinning the story
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north korea would get the gold july fifteenth two thousand and sixteen the night turkey got a new national narrative or at least that's what the government and the media that have its back would have you believe facebook google fake news and hate speech governments can't seem to fix it maybe big money advertisers care and egypt where the security state gets down with the kids and i was going to look like a you had it was a case of let the games begin and cue the propaganda the politicking and the punditry at the opening ceremonies of the winter olympics athletes from two countries still officially in a state of war north and south korea marched into the stadium together under one flag those images of a temporarily unified korea were beamed around the world and would have registered in washington how about the side of kim jong the north korean leader sr shaking hands with south korean president moon j in right under the nose of u.s. vice president mike pence if stealing the show was pyongyang's intention the media
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played right into its hands offering extensive coverage of the delegation from the north wherever they light the flame there or go. to be geopolitics in the mix but these games given where they are and the governments involved have taken olympic politics to another level or a starting point this week is pyong chang so. not every picture tells the story not every image is worth a thousand words but the right one in the right place time and context can pack a bigger punch than one hundred soundbites for a million tweets and images like this with athletes from two countries entering the olympic stage under one flag. it's a great photo op it makes for some good pictures it does bring a sense of potential and the sense of optimism at least briefly for that sports
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event but it doesn't necessarily mean unification is around the corner of course there's an element of spectacle to it but it was also meaningful. and i think it demonstrated that the two koreas are trying to work something out at this moment one in which the north koreans have developed a nuclear program now there's a lot of tension between them and the international community and just having that group walking together doesn't erase all of that so you know it is a moment that suggests hopefulness and a lot has been said about the u.s. vice president mike pence and his wife choosing to remain seated while tens of thousands of spectators including north korean envoys and the south korean president who are standing up and applauding wildly mike pence came across as grumpy burridge insensitive actually quite offensive.
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if a charm offensive is to work the recipients must be open to persuasion and it helps if there. pyongyang will have been pleased with the way the western media received jong kim jong un sr with the world watching the olympics she will put a young telegenic face on the regime there is no denying the significance of her presence at the games given that kim jong is the first member of north korea's ruling family to ever visit the south but before falling under her spell western news outlets might have done some homework and considered her day job propaganda is what kim jong guts. as the head of north korea's department of propaganda and as a taishan. she does run a very important part meant that department make sure that north koreans have few if any real access to outside information that they remain in that dog and that
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department also does its best to restrict the flow of information out of north korea none of that was broached in reporting on. only the fact that she exuded the softer image that she smiled for the cameras that she looked modest and sincere the appearance of the junk may be seen as a more propaganda show to make create more pitiful war loving images of north korea but from the viewpoint of the. this is a very important political breakthrough given that she was the first that korea link family members music to the south korea so in that way this is a better. political breakthrough. in pyongyang chang jong became the temporary face of an authoritarian country that is politically dominated by man. kim jong il represents the third generation of a family dynasty a patriarchy that has lasted for seventy years. but when north korea
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ventures onto the world stage. and in front of the news media women do a disproportionate amount of the p.r. work in addition to kim your job and the government sent more than two hundred cheerleaders to the camps it's not the first time they've been sent out but journalists can't seem to resist the cameras were drawn to the women like moths to the olympics. the media again a male dominated media is just all over them desperate to try to get a response from them you see it's sort of a game in the south korean media it's a tense can you get one of them to answer a question because they're really quite tight lipped other than when they're cheering and then i'm going to. be like you just in a way it's almost a propaganda failure because of how regimented and organized they appear it can look a little bit weird sometimes a little bit sort of stiff it's sort of what you would expect from western media
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because they really like this narrative and especially like the cheerleaders really fit into the caricature that they've built of north korea and this idea of it's this potemkin village and the fascination with how synchronize they are and how brainwashed they are and how controlled they are to not support stuff surround the cheering squad the heat's the up shoot him of the delegation would be under twenty four seven surveillance he says they wouldn't be able to go to the bathroom alone and it sort of revealed how little the western media knows about either korea and how little they understand about the the situation in hong kong predictable reality it is not our national interest you know made in the international news media treat north korea as a potential geopolitical flashpoint media in south korea see the north differently as an existential threat news outlets based in seoul are typically split along liberal and conservative lines liberal outlets are more open to accommodating pyongyang conservative ones are usually much more hardline but on this story and
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the bilateral meeting between kim your jong and the south president korean. the ideological gap in the south seems to have shrunk because of the stakes the arsenals and the players involved not all of whom are career. on the left you have editorials cheering. saying this is a very important moment of outreach and possibly a bigger breakthrough on the right instead of being critical of when editorials are saying things like this is good just be careful the gap between left and right is relatively narrow i think because south koreans generally are very worried about the united states right now we think electrics will go very nicely and after that who knows we'll find out that president trump is way too willing to risk war on the korean peninsula so there's sort of a unity of opinion across the board left and right looking for
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a way to defuse tensions and move on most of those grand newspapers and south on t.v. they're looking between south korean authorities and tell him you know your job. is important protocol breakthrough and on the chinese on the middle do you need help i am prepared what i've been there three times and get what is needed on. another korean war. then graham people is the one who thought foremost i saw any kind of sign any kind of guest just from the north to communicate without korea is have to be seen as a possible that no other way. the wall to wall coverage of this story comes with crack significant gaffes you know understand the south korean media know little about what goes on in pyongyang the international media don't know their way around either country either story. and the vast majority of journalists parachuted into
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the olympics are sports reporters unschooled in the world of geopolitics for the kims of north korea this was more than a photo opportunity it was a propaganda opportunity and they took it. we're discussing other media stories that are on our radar today with one of our producers tarek nasr tarak one of the world's biggest advertisers unilever now talking about pulling its ads from both facebook and google why so unilever is trying to succeed with its advertising muscle where governments have failed with a regulator e palace facebook in particular is facing criticism for failing to remove hate speech misinformation fake news and extremist content and the company's founder months up about it began the year by nothing that the site had tweaked its news feed algorithm to prioritize what it calls meaningful social interactions is by no means clear though that that will solve those problems and unilever which owns
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brands like vaseline and ben and jerry's ice cream has announced it will pull out of tithing from facebook and google unless those companies clean up their act and one unit leader executive actually put some of these but phones a little better than a swan so how do you read this move is it about principles or is it about profits i think it's clearly aimed at protecting that brand unilever doesn't want to see its ads alongside content from white supremacists for example and it's become increasingly clear how little leverage governments actually have over social media companies to force them to change their ways hitting them where the billions they make an ad revenues could prove to be very consequential especially if other big companies follow unilever's lead the other story you've been looking at concerns an indian journalist anxious countered chakrabarti who's been fired over a tweet first of all who is she chakrabarty was a political editor online outlet daily which is owned by the india today group last week she tweeted this turning
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a blind eye to hate mongering fake news spreading anchors editors reporters and writers or hiring them in the first place must be tried in court as hate speech enabler profiteers that's. i didn't name any names nor did it really get much attention but it was clearly too close to home for chuck about these both india today and i want to follow the indian media and new chunk about who is probably talking about particular anchors some of whom are on india today's channel. but about them could only give you hindu like you would john would have been someone a president the anchors like donna gore of thought want frequently in findlay area and sometimes completely false information on that and they're not the only ones doing that in the indian media is this is the time to avenge ok so what shock about a t. was describing is a very real issue on the indian airwaves and she paid a price for that yes she did jump senior editorial stuff india today met to discuss the tweet and she says a week later she go call from h.
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i think she had three options delete the tweet resign or face being fide saying she refused to be censored she chose the latter and the company her with the checkered party broke their rules on editorial conduct ok thanks to our sometimes a date on the calendar can become synonymous with an event a founding moment for a new media narrative september eleventh two thousand and one is an example of that for turks there is july fifteenth two thousand and sixteen when a failed coup attempt left hundreds dead and thousands injured now such states tend to come with a ready made enemy or at least a scapegoat and the turkish government has a bit of both in what it calls the for tool a terrorist organization or fettle a movement led by a reclusive islamic cleric based in the us for too little back in the early two thousand schools followers were allies of president heir to one's act party by two thousand and thirteen however they had fallen out politically and heir to one labelled the movement a parallel state
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a shadowy threat to turkey's democracy after july fifteenth two thousand and sixteen the government rebranded dylan and his followers as terrorists the listening post will yong now in the turkish media's role in framing the coup as an ongoing explanation for the. challenges the country faces and as a way of crushing to sit. on the stool. in the limo. to the. well in the only. city with kids when it's come out in the. snow is it the media narrative has really played an important role for the a k p government and for president i don't want to disseminate a particular version of the events i don't know your piano yet i don't let your love of the club in i think it just going to. knock over to hear
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such an authority. there on the soft to hear this in the us i get. it i think i'm. from the soldiers and civilians killed and injured to the bullets walls of government buildings from accusations confessions prosecutions and recriminations a new national narrative has emerged in which turkey is percent by an enemy within the fed to terror organization to be known henceforth by the acronym. they need so many journalists who want to defend the state also want to keep the fifteenth of july high on the agenda. if you consider the counter the texture the intricate structure and the sophistication of the organization that we fought against on the
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fifteenth of july you will better understand why that day will not be forgotten the hunted. the government is trying to keep itself in power of the back of the propaganda. the fifteenth of july even before the curtain came to an end the pro-government media were very quick to label the crew quarters as members of. this discourse has continued unabated since that day. in truth the good in movement and the arc party co-existed and cooperated for years before relations soured. took top jobs in the judiciary in education in the police and the army had significant holdings in the media but that history has no place in the current government discourse which has gotten split was infiltrating turkey's institutions to form a parallel state when that organization attempted to seize power by force it was only president early ones timely and effective mobilization of the popular will
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that stop them however while they could attempt was thwarted their supporters are still being outed all the time not only in the courts but in trials by media so when a new decree a law as announced and people raise their concerns about the implications of that victory a law usually the first response from a pro-government as a member of the fattah. party fit in in the world and i guess it just becomes a vehicle for silencing opposition all voices and for discouraging people from asking questions not only about that but in general about any government policy. the issue of front door in turkey is not an easy thing to grasp it is a movement which was so well hidden that many journalists supported them unfortunately some are saying that there have been unjust investigations of
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prosecutions against such as cases against journalists but we need to distinguish between true journalists and those who merely call themselves journalists here. according to president. no to one and many in the turkish media the influence of fettle even extends to a court in new york where late last year reza rob a turkish iranian gold trader admitted to running a sanctions busting racket trading iranian oil for gold paying millions of dollars in bribes to senior turkish ministers along the way. testimony implicated oda one and his son bilawal but viewed from turkey this is all part of a federal inspired international conspiracy haag humane. judge has a link to fetch the prosecutor has a clear link to one of the witnesses is a federal member who fled to turkey this is all linked to when turkey stopped playing the international role expect the brits started to pursue its own destiny
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this hostility will continue. in the order and. at first the governments in pro-government media find massive importance to the robber as a valuable turkish citizen. however with the rope started to cooperate with the prosecutor's office the prosecutor the judge and the entire u.s. justice department would declare that i've got a horse and as a sign up you know the legion he ducks old enough. to. really consciously not to of course this isn't a credible now that he or she need to be able to also say there is a discrepancy between the reporting of the zurab case by the turkish and the international media the international media look forward to seeing information against the watch against his ministers and against his fights with the military has been a long time coming out a man who has tightened his grip on power by jailing thousands of political opponents at home fifty thousand people have been arrested one hundred fifty
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thousand people lost their jobs or been suspended following the fifteenth of july the silence of western activists seem to say that they were sad that the coup had been prevented this. made journalists who thought turkey in the west check common interests reconsider that position. or argue one was in france when the french journalist asked him a question about syria and present aerator one was not happy with those questions and he asked a journalist if he was a member of. all of these international and domestic developments can be explained as part of this international conspiracy against turkey persecuted by enemies abroad infiltrated by enemies within most of the turkish media have now closed ranks around a state sanctioned narrative that appears to explain all of this in terms of the
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failed two thousand and sixteen who attempt meanwhile hundreds of journalists have been arrested the news outlets shuttered or taken over by government supporters the result is a media landscape where the only story is the july fifteenth story. the pro-government media is serving the same political narrative and the same political objectives are one k.p. the only obviously you know there are political agendas are very much aligned and because they serve to propagate the message from the party and from the president we can see several similarities in terms of their narratives . gibby's almost eighty to ninety percent of the media in turkey has been under government control for a long time and they report to have one voice that is communicating to one views foley within the last year we are feeling what we call the presidential palace
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media fighting among themselves to prove who is more pro the one who with ultra ultra pro prepared to go under all that i can go to look up. the stories that the nation tells become how that nation imagines itself collectively how it understands its picton hood its identity and its destiny. if a turkey july fifteen was the day everything changed narratives around the failed coup in photo or a new national creation one that with so much of the took us media behind it is rapidly becoming a new national reality. and finally kids just about everywhere like to spend time on you tube and when they do that in egypt they might learn how to become police informants somebody at the interior ministry thought it would be a good idea to produce a cartoon designed to do that it features two boys reporting some suspicious new
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neighbors to a friendly policeman uncle in the below now not everyone sees egyptian security forces in such a benign light the ngo human rights watch for example recently said that the interior ministry oversees an assembly line of torture what follows is a slightly scary snapshot into the security state that egypt has become under president. el-sisi but at least the kids get some chocolate out of the deal we'll see you next time here at the listening post. here but the shining the civic in the most of it is another not just in the issue there and then the way in fashion had to have even this going on dana and i became a yelling isn't only a good look. at the end. they were seen to be. lying on the floor.
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