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but let's see what comes out of conference. to paul brennan who's in liverpool with the labor party conference is taking place paul good afternoon. paul's not listening to us never mind we'll try to go back to paul if we can in the next few minutes still to come here on al-jazeera live telly struggling to survive with no let up in the war yemenis are forced to take extreme measures just to stay alive. hello again it's good to have you back well this hour we are going to start here across the philippines because we are watching more rain coming in over the next few days unfortunately you had a very nice stretch of drier conditions but because there is a typhoon out in the pacific that means some of the edge of that typhoon is going
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to bring clouds as well as rain so monday not really looking too bad for luzon but as we go towards tuesday you notice we do start to pick up a little bit more shower activity some windy conditions as well now this is a danger because the ground is already saturated across this region so any more rain could potentially bring more landslides and mudslides and that is something we're going to be watching across that area where here india the remnants of tropical storm day is still in the picture you can see it right there all those clouds moving across the western part of india now this time of year we don't normally see rain across the west because the monsoon has withdrawn more towards the east but here you go we're looking at rain up here towards new delhi but this is going to be the only day of rain that we expect to see as we go towards tuesday things start to clear out across the region but out here towards the east we're still in monsoon season and we're going to be seeing the rain continue for kolkata all the way down towards idea about as well down towards colombo it's going to be a rainy day for you with a temperature of about thirty degrees and partly cloudy. it
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captures memories and present realities. on the camera as a tour photographer and often. deprived area children. now have a voice. as part of the viewfinder latin america series on out as they are.
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watching al-jazeera live from the heart these are your headlines so far today the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. nikki haley is rejecting iran's finger pointing at washington over that deadly attack on a military parade at least twenty five people were killed in our fast on saturday president hassan rouhani has accused the u.s. and some gulf countries of creating instability by supporting ethnic groups in iraq . polls are closing in the maldives and a presidential election widely seen as a test for democracy voting was extended for an extra three hours after long queues outside polling centers many opponents of the current president are in exile and the european union wouldn't send observers because of concern so. let's go back to that top story for you britain's main opposition labor party pushing for a general election as bracks that talks hit a stalemate jeremy corbyn you're looking at him right now setting up the views of labor party members of the party's annual conference in liverpool mr corbyn also moving back to a position that he has adopted for several months saying
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a general election might be could be the best way forward correspondent paul brown . is there for us in the city of liverpool in the northwest of england where the party conference is taking place paul over to you. a few connectivity issues earlier their apology for that but we are back with you now from liverpool and the labor party has been feeling the heat during the summer it's been a hot summer but the labor party's been feeling the heat particular over issues like anti semitism and internal party reform but here they are trying to turn the flames under the feet of the conservative party and in particular what we've seen today is an evolution in the labor party's leadership stance in relation to a second referendum now obviously as you say the party's preference is for a general election but what they've said in addition to that is that if the members decide that
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a second referendum is what they would like then the leadership will acquiesce in that now talking to. john tong who's joined us he's a professor of politics one of the university john tell me the importance of this evolution of the labor leadership stance what is absolutely crucial many of the delegates gathered here if we believe the survey evidence what better be a second referendum they want to go with this idea of another people's vote but the leadership until this point it pretty reluctant generally coleman is not necessarily bought into the idea of having a second referendum but he's under pressure now people such as the deputy leader here tom watson he wants a big march today and most of the delegates here want a second referendum so the question is will there be a motion produce that will be clear enough to steer labor towards a new policy of going for a second referendum that really is the key issue dominating this conference without getting too granular and losing our international viewers who answer but what about
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internal labor politics explain to me the importance of the wording of that motion this composite motion idea put simply a composite motion is where the national. second a committee of the conference committee here gets together they bang the heads together and put forward a motion which is debated a conference like this quite a democratic party they take their conference motions seriously and there will be a vote on that probably on tuesday as to whether labor adopts a policy of having a second referendum on breaks it the question is will the motion be sufficiently clear and secondly what will generally korvin said about the motion will he personally bucket he said he will follow whatever the conference decides so a conference here in liverpool decides we want a second referendum on drugs that jeremy coleman is on a bound to follow that and it becomes labor party policy that could create a problem for the white for labor in the wider country because the members may not necessarily be representative of labor supporters never mind why there are sentiments in the country were out today that people's march yes they want a second referendum however other people we spoke to just in liverpool were saying
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no let's just get on with bracks at their breakfast support some labor voting areas voted hugely to leave your opinion they'll probably be enraged by being asked to vote again so there are risks for it within the labor party on the other hand it gives the labor party something different to go into an election of the work to be won something very different from what the conservatives are offering and so i suppose the strategic calculation that may be made by the labor leadership is let's at least give people a second vote on this no one can really argue with being asked to vote again at least in one sense it's democratic and it gives us some tactical advantage but it's still a big call for the labor party because there will be some hard core labor briggs's here is who we are very very annoyed by that just finally we could have a general election in a matter of a couple short months covering labor say they want a general actually it's not really within the labor party's gift the fact is you would need a no confidence motion. to trigger a general election but labor has to be on a war footing in that respect they have to be ready it's a fight
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a general election they're still behind in the polls remember even despite all the chaos over greg despite all treasonous problems labor still trail. the polls are not really because think. thank you very much indeed actually that's why we're here if you're asking why we're here for an opposition party conference it could be that labor is the next government in waiting. protesters in southern yemen say the. coalition has become an occupying force demonstrators marched in the government city of aden hundreds of being killed in saudi airstrikes since the coalition intervened to bank yemen's government in its war with the rebels three years ago also backed groups have been accused of committing human rights abuses in a network of secret prisons the u.n. humanitarian chief says yemen is approaching a tipping point with famine a major threat three quarters of yemenis that's twenty two million people are in need of some kind of humanitarian assistance or protection under simmons has more
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from a camp for yemeni refugees in djibouti we're hearing that in recent months the number of deaths of children in a province alone amounts to twenty and so the position of aid agencies is getting incredibly difficult accessing these remote villages where people are literally starving and also accessing areas that are blocked off because of the fighting it is an impossible situation for the aid agencies and they admit that they are not winning the battle against hunger how different it could be if people could reach the camps like this across the water from yemen in small boats is just an hour's ride but that's controlled by smugglers so the situation isn't just desperate for those in yemen as a whole it's also desperate here because some of these people want to go home they don't want to be here in the first place they want to go home the chances of that are pretty remote. they're hungry like millions of fellow yemenis they've left
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behind these men have just arrived in old book huddled together in some shade having being smuggled out of yemen for two hundred dollars each. it was lucky it's a war we don't want to be part of says this man explaining that he and the others feared they'd be conscripted to join who three rebel forces. this is where they'll end up with families who may have refuge but little else this man has fresh drinking water but can't afford to buy food so his family has to get by soley on emergency aid learn and get lots all are less but there was a lot that we don't receive anything but enough to survive from the u.n. we don't have the instruction needed for our children the elderly even us it's a grim existence here in the sweltering heat of such a dry arid and infertile place the natural focus though of aid agencies is
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across the water in yemen where by the day the situation for the people is getting more and more critical. in remote yemeni village they continue to pick leaves from trees is their only means of survival these two brothers know that cooking and eating the leaves will lead to sickness but it provides more mail a day for their extended family and it's a choice between malnutrition or eating lovely. you know not enough of the children are suffering from constant diarrhea translates and fever we don't know how and where we can treat them we get no help no one there is no relief organization in our area when we go asking for help we get nothing. some of the children and babies from the village of as lyman had to province have ended up here in this medical clinic. you can see what aid agencies warn is
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a crisis for the young weak and hungry that's growing bigger. well. yeah the war in the famine has caused a spike in the number of those who eat the vine leaves which is leading to an increase of malnutrition cases the vine leaves a highly acidic substance that reduces absorption in the intestines and the stomach this is a very dangerous condition. less than a week ago when i was a reported on the clinic's work this little girl's a fish or mohammed was waiting for treatment she has since died the medical staff are fighting against one of the consequences of war and the losses are higher now than ever before. andrew simmons al-jazeera in june two. civil rights groups in the us a calling for the removal of police in schools a new study is showing growing numbers of the time the children they are supposed to protect is heidegger castro. these are not the images you would expect from
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school or of the birth of a police officer responsible for keeping students safe has put one in a choke hold the reason the boys friends say was because he threw an orange at a wall when you're in the hallways and atmosphere of tension and slight worry and fear the incident in philadelphia in two thousand and sixteen sparked student protests and demands to remove police from the city's public schools the school district spends thirty million dollars a year on police deploying about three hundred fifty officers across some two hundred campuses the philadelphia student union says that creates a militant environment if feel like oh i have to put on this mess i have to make sure. you know. i'm not acting out of character or anything that's considered to be. bad i guess in philadelphia's public school district
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eighty five percent of students are of color and black students are three and a half times more likely to be arrested or refer to police officers than white students advocates point of that as a sign of the existence of a school to prison pipeline where minorities are criminalized at a young age and then continue to land behind bars as adults. a spokeswoman for philadelphia school district declined an interview but said in a statement that the safety of students and staff is top priority meanwhile an alliance of educational justice groups reports that across the u.s. school police have assaulted students at least twenty four. times in the past two years we want to public education system that actually is positive. and that reflects the best of all of us in our students and black students that we need to have in the question but in reality the opposite is happening the state of florida
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recently required all schools to have armed security in response to a high school shooting that left seventeen people dead in february how do you keep american schools safe from school shootings if you get rid of all the police officers please don't make our schools safe. police don't protect black and brown students students have a different vision of what school safety looks like to these students that vision is replacing police with counselors having students work with each other to resolve conflicts and teaching coping skills they say the first step to keeping schools safe is keeping the fear of police brutality out heidi joe castro al-jazeera philadelphia and pope francis has warned against what he called the rebirth of pernicious and semitic attitudes during a mass in the fairway mia he also paid tribute to lithuania who suffered and died during soviet and nazi occupations is on a three country tour the country is remembering the near extermination of its
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centuries old jewish community. to a labor of love which has taken eight years to complete mexico city will be opening its own replica of michelangelo's sistine chapel to the public this week the retired graphic designer gave over most of his time to painting the ceiling of his local church he relied on donations from friends and parishioners to finance the murals here is his story. you know made me if i said yes my name is miguel francisco my c.f.o. and the person that painted the replica of the sistine chapel here in mexico it took me eighteen years to finish it and today we are very happy celebrating easter within seconds to stick around. she made at that point i thought if it took me kill angelo four years it's going to take me about six or seven but i didn't have any money so i slipped look a lot longer because i did it so that many people who may never go to rome could have a little piece of european art a little of the renaissance of michelangelo the duke and admired one of the
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greatest and most beautiful works in the world must be precious so that. when you look in the. well you know people did not know what it was so they said how is this possible how come there are paintings of naked people in the church i showed them the pictures and people started to understand because they didn't know what the sistine chapel was. coming from with and as you can see the canvases are very large they're full of detail i had to divide it into fourteen canvases three metres by fifty metres. opiated we feel that if you should look at copying is very difficult i mean very difficult because i have to walk in michelangelo's shoes do the same brush strokes so let me say this they said it's crazy are you crazy because really without help without being paid without nothing what are you going to do.
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i'm very grateful to all the people who helped i would have done half of it on my own it's like you look at it that's the help i received from god i did not send engines with wings but young people who supported me and felt the same way i did. i'm not moved by money i need it but i don't do things to get money it's something inside something bigger than my work because this is a moral commitment i didn't sign any papers like i've said before this is not my work it is the work of god nothing else i'm just his instrument nothing more. hello again this is al jazeera these are your top stories so far today the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. nikki haley is rejecting iran's finger pointing at washington over the deadly attack on a military parade earlier this week at least twenty five people were killed in of hours on saturday the iranian president hassan rouhani accused the united states
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and some gulf countries of creating instability by supporting ethnic groups in iran the polls have closed in the maltese and presidential election widely seen as a test for democracy voting was extended for an extra three hours after long queues outside polling centers many opponents of the current president are in exile and the e.u. wouldn't send observers because of their concerns britain's main opposition labor party is pushing for a general election breaks it talks hit a stalemate jeremy corbyn is sounding out the views of the labor members of the party's annual conference in liverpool e.u. leaders rejected prime minister to resign may's bricks of plans at a summit in salzburg three days ago protesters in southern yemen say the saudi emirate he led coalition has become an occupying force demonstrators marched in the government held city of eight hundred seven killed in saudi airstrike since the coalition intervened to back yemen's government in its war with hooty rebels three years ago and u.a.e. backed groups have been accused of committing human rights abuses in
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a network of secret prisons the un's humanitarian chief says yemen is approaching a tipping point with famine a major threat three quarters of the population that's about twenty two million yemenis need some kind of humanitarian assistance because of the three year long. israel has given people living in a palestinian village an ultimatum to tear down their homes or they will be demolished by october the first earlier this month the supreme court approved the demolition of a bedouin village called karnal arma in the occupied west bank israel plans on using the land to build illegal settlements. pope francis has warned against what he called the rebirth of pernicious anti semitic attitudes during a sunday mass in the few ania he also paid tribute to the few amiens who suffered and died during soviet and nazi occupations with uranium is remembering the near extermination of a centuries old jewish community up next it's the listening post i'm back from ten
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g. tomorrow hopefully see them about. october on al-jazeera. in a new season al-jazeera correspondent returns with more personal stories from our journalists from around the world. brazilians are getting ready for elections but the main presidential contender is barred from the polls as he serves time in jail for corruption. from the u.s. and beyond fines investigate the stories beyond the headlines after a three year delay afghanistan will finally hold its parliamentary election to what direction the country takes with a new two part series the big picture examines the negativity of mama duckies and the facts of his demise october on al-jazeera. in the far west of china amongst risk or i think i felt i. come from hundreds of hours. with. kerry trying to find the
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person who does have someone in their family just. a lot richer just putting your at the listening post here are some of the stories we're covering this week we're focusing on the world's biggest media market china two reports one on shit what the media can report from there and what they cannot and we take you to one joe and inside the southern media group a once thriving journalistic enterprise up against new realities political and economic the me two campaign makes its mark in german media with an egyptian angle and the web. the channel opens the visual floodgates on hurricane florence we begin with a story coming out of china that beijing clearly doesn't want out there reporting on it could mean a one way ticket out of the country it already has for one foreign correspondent and chinese journalists have it worse threats violence in some cases prison sentences the story is the alleged mass incarceration of weekers and other turkic
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muslim minorities more than a million of them in the shin jaw and we got the top of us reach and twenty three million people there are now being tracked by a high tech surveillance system the chinese media echo their government security narrative on this that the measures are necessary given separatist movements in the area prone to violence and the terminology can be telling what the international media called internment camps forced indoctrination the chinese media described as political education centers counter extremism training schools our starting point this week is the resource rich news rich region of sion job. it's not as the ocean john is a black hole for news if it was it would be a big one since the region is twice the size of germany what shouldn't giong is is a black hole for a certain kind of news. the official narrative and has always been it was
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a backward feudal region and the communist party went in the one nine hundred fifty s. and restructured both the social and economic hierarchy is there that has been a pretty iron clad narrative in two thousand and nine that changed a little bit there where these deadly ethnic riots between han chinese the majority ethnic population in china and the muslim leaders and several hundred people at least died according to state media that served as a psychological and legal justification for many of the security measures and surveillance measures that we see today so. satellite images prove chinese government has build hundreds if not more detention camps and although they're also expanding and hundreds of thousands of people are there just for being weaker or being turkic and being muslim not because they have committed any acts of violence or terrorism the government has been very clear the chinese government and the way
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they see this they perceive they have a problem that could also be a security threat they believe that there are radical elements who have infiltrated the population and convince people that they should have an independent homeland and this is this kind of separatism and also. extremism. china's government has reason to be cautious old version job since the ethnically driven unrest that flared up in two thousand and nine there has been periodic violence and bloodshed attributed to negro movements including one attack at the heart of the capital tiananmen square beijing's response however putting a community of eleven million people under surveillance incarcerating so many in the name of indoctrination has been wildly disproportionate china's government argues it's out to stop what it calls the three forces separatism extremism and
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terrorists and china's media apparatus has adopted that term parroting it in the same unquestioning way much of the us media did with the so-called war on terror. thank you tim don't change the. fun to shoot the shit got beijing's man in shin jaw chan one war was made party boss there after having cut his teeth in another ethnic trouble spot to bet he has adapted some of the security measures used in tibet to shin jiang including a clear focus on surveillance and technology. things like police checkpoint. every few hundred meters forcible checking of people's mobile phone devices their laptops as well as surveillance by things like iris scans facial recognition cameras and d.n.a. chats you have many readers who are saying that they're simply been called in because they exchanged text messages or shared an e-mail several years ago that contained religious content and now they're being called into
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a education can't are being questioned at a detention camp for that very small action you can wander around some of the residential neighborhoods where we are community is where one is concentrated and find them to be completely deserted there's no charges no trial people just sort of disappear into these places for many months at a time and even longer. mego rajagopal that has her own story to tell she is one of the very few foreign reporters who managed to get into shin jong to report on the situation there just weeks after her piece was published by buzz feed she was expelled from the country chinese officials want to limit information and imagery coming out of the region controlling access is central to their strategy but there are some cameras they cannot control the ones in space for the satellite photos of the detention centers and it featured in the international media will not be seen on chinese television domestic reporters there are tightly controlled as
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a leader a journalist. reports on the story from washington he is the director of the u.s. funded radio free asia is weaker surface. is impossible for a week or reporters on the ground there to do with any kind of reporting on those issues because we have already reported ourselves that now we go rioters and we are scholars who in any way spoken out against china's repressive policies have been detaining this camps for chinese journalists this is an extremely useful. some subjects are required to follow the chinese government's a line they have to repeat the same thing so they cannot independently report on what is happening literally. so in the west we expect the press to be investigative tool to show us all the holes in what is generally a democracy. but in china it's very different there's this close association
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between the press and the government through the eyes i think of the china chinese government i mean you can look at chinese history over many many centuries any time the center is not strong basically make it five times out of you know different parts of china so they're determined that their past will not become something that divides the country and be something that unites it. officially it's the people's republic of china but the voice that matters more than any other belongs to president xi jinping president xi has had no qualms in telling chinese journalists and the news outlets they work for the media's ultimate loyalty must be to the state not the story and beijing's interest in what happens in shin jong isn't just political it's economic the state lies in the pathway of the belt and road initiative a mammoth infrastructure and development project championed by president xi to
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create a vast international trade network centered around china its location is very strategic because it sits between much of eastern china and the countries of central asia. and disingenuous home to about a fifth of china's total will reserves it's also a lot of biggest producer of coal as a region it's vitally vitally important from an energy security perspective to china. and this explains this kind of obsessive desire for stability in that region at the cost of things like basic individual rights so as not to upset its economic development plans both at home and abroad. she jinping has been president for six years now his burgeoning power and influence have been. compared to mt zedong who once said the role and power of newspapers
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consist in their ability to present the party's line its specific policies goals and work methods to the masses half a century later. for the media outlets that spread the word those same rules still apply. we're discussing other media stories that are on our radar this week with one of our producers nuff chart this past week the german broadcaster deutsche of the like confirmed that allegations of sexual harassment made against one of its employees had quote proven credible unquote the network did not name that employee however the stories generated a ton of interest what can you tell us all richard it's widely suspected that that's and truly is the egyptian journalist and t.v. host your three fouda a face known to audiences across egypt for its coverage of the two thousand and
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eleven revolution and critical reporting of the military food of formerly worked for b.b.c. arabic and for this network al-jazeera and later for on t.v. in egypt he left the country and became the host of a show called the fifth state in two thousand and sixteen and that's where the alleged sexual harassment effects have taken place now want to achieve aladin name food in relation to this case it did confirm to the associated press that he no longer works for them what have we heard from food to himself on this before about a common food or posted on facebook that the accusations were baseless londa and later that they were part of a smear campaign which is perhaps the reference to where these allegations originated on the pages of a pro-government newspaper in cairo a young with that but since then we both see heard from that they consider the allegations credible and also from one of the accused that. he wrote on facebook that food had harassed her at his home in berlin in two thousand and sixteen. ok
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moving on this past week one of the biggest names in u.s. publishing time magazine was bought out it joins a long list of struggling news outlets taken over by tech billionaires from the west coast of the u.s. what's in the deal so the billionaires in question are marc benioff c.e.o. of sales force and his wife lynn benioff and the price they paid was one hundred ninety million dollars which is actually a lot of money for a magazine that reportedly for subscriptions drop by around twenty five percent in the last year and as you said richard this is part of a trend wealthy west coast patrons throwing financial lifelines at big legacy media outlets amazon c.e.o. jeff bezos that was the washington post in two thousand and thirteen the atlantic and the n a times of also seen similar kinds of investments let's look at the long term what can these tech investors bring to help news outlets that are struggling to adapt to the digital age the media executives tend to get very excited about
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these kinds of deals and it's easy to see why they represent a validation of the journalism the print industry in general and more importantly they provide an injection of much needed cash for the body is the visibility and influence that comes with owning one of these historic print publications even if they're not necessarily great investments and most cynical take of course is that they're just vanity purchases like buying a football team but for the news industry the bigger question is this given the broken business model can print out that survive without these benefactors and the answer increasingly things to be no they come to k. thanks to our. back to china now about six years ago in two thousand and twelve we reported on what was an under covered aspect of chinese journalism the rise of investigative news outlets one of the organizations we looked at then was the nan falling media group or southern media group based in the city of one jo publishing papers like the southern weekly the southern metropolis daily and the twenty first
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century business herald the group had a track record investing in deeply reported muckraking journalism that held communist party officials to account and even resulted in some political and legal reforms that's not the case now after a few serious run ins with the authorities southern media and its journalists have come under a kind of pressure that is severely handicapped investigative reporting this is just one case in a landscape that has seen significant shifts greater state monitoring and control of media as well as increased competition and falling advertising revenues have all had an impact the listening posts are now on the decline of the southern media groups investigative reporting efforts and what that says about journalism in china today. april two thousand and three this other metropolis daily a paper published by the guangzhou based southern media group ran a report entitled death of the detained. the story was about
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a young liberal picked up by police for not carrying his i.d. seventy two hours later he was dead the official explanation a heart attack the paper published the results of the autopsy that revealed the extensive beatings that had caused this when he guns death oh oh fast forward to me two thousand and eight and the earthquake in china's sichuan province reporters from the southern weekly another publication of the southern media group broke the story of forty school construction that exponentially increased the number of dead these were stories with a real impact and the kind of journalism the chinese rarely got to see it was a charmed time for new supporters and consumers in the country and ninety nine thousand to thousands was the golden age of journalism and investigative journalism in china and the prime example of that golden age is this other media this particular media group has done really well in attracting wide readership traffic ever has revenues and becoming one of the prime of the impulse of high quality
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reporting that is also capable of making money in china. two main issues are merged alongside china's social development in the one nine hundred ninety s. the first was police abuse of power often resulting in violence or wrongful convictions the second was government corruption southern media group especially southern weekly had many outstanding journalists well versed in the methods of western investigative journalism their reports on these subjects became the benchmark for chinese media workers at the time in sheets. china's golden age of journalism was not to last as the country approached a political milestone the two thousand and twelve transition from chairman who. jintao to see jinping the censors swung back into action and aggressively for the southern weekly news day two thousand and thirteen marked an unprecedented moment in china's media history that here in its new year's editorial the paper called on
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the country's leaders to adhere to the principles in china's constitution as it went to print however the editorial was pulled by state sensors and replaced with a version in praise of the party and its newly anointed leader journalists at the weekly staged a walkout the first of its kind in communist china hundreds of ordinary citizens would later join the protests in solidarity against the censors funk was in the news room that day dancers really stepped over the last i saw. so opposes this whole situation social media and got a lot of the orders there were a lot of protesters outside of headquarters you know watch or supporting us yellow chrysanthemums symbolizing the death of press freedom were laid outside the headquarters of the southern weekly newspaper in the city of going so. covered these incidents and they really showed these newspaper because of the use of reputation to realize to more than twenty years you've got
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a lot of supporters in the society those are social media and also by the public in the department of the communist party. wants to exercise tight control over the media. and that became very very clear. once she jinping took over and declared which direction he was taking. the sultan group together live with the politically incorrect new year at the torino would have been seen as essentially monckton a bit of a chop and that's simply completely knocked acceptable and therefore you. you have to be made an example. so that you know with the eldest what to even think about copying what you have put through two thousand and thirteen and after the censorship of the southern media group was taken to another level reporters
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were harassed online content was ordered to be taken down and publishing licenses would evoke the end of two thousand and fifteen marked a low point in the senior editor and former chairman of multiple southern media group publications and how was sentenced to four years in prison on what many observers said were trumped up extortion charges chunking a deputy editor and news director at the southern media group was forced to leave china just before season ping's ascension to power he has watched from the outside as the state's grip on media has tightened on what. troy and holmes are ever since the founding of the people's republic of china in one nine hundred forty nine there have been certain boundaries the media are not able to cross these include certain political topics i think minority rights national sovereignty the military and religious the political pressure placed on the southern media group as part of a systematic process to control the media in doing so the party seeks to control
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every aspect including its management the publishing of reports and even who journalists can interview pressure is not necessarily always placed on individuals but on the industry as a whole under this system no media group whether it's southern media group side joining pung pi or eastern media group can escape political pressure as long. of the cold. however it was never political pressure alone that pushed the southern media group into decline competition from online media resulted in plummeting ad revenues and stagnating media salaries many journalists left to work in business and tech startups across the country this other media groups case isn't an isolated one it's just one of the most prominent sunday at same university recently published a report showing that across the media landscape the number of investigative journalists has more than half since two thousand and eleven for those who remain
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doing investigative work involves navigating both the editorial red line set in place by beijing and the changing media market social media in china is very popular we were in the which had a very popular in china saw and always when we chat you could open your own personal account and some independent journalist just as their independent investigation a independent journalist named him she published a piece about a sexual harassment case saying as an university in one thousand china and aids. i did was hugely popular and influential and just a few days after the publication the university just fired that professor who was involved well you still have some very good. news medias in china we do see news media reporting on major corruption cases for example in the
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last year the most senior case they put a man by what's being reported was that option and. he could be reported because he was somebody that she wanted to make an example. and they're for. journalists could report but still on the right guidance from the public and the department chinese media landscape and the relationship between the media the state is written with many contradictions we're seeing lack of investigations in some areas some of the stations and others and things changing. very fluid bases and very quickly that's what's called the battlefield it's not all you know one over it's not going to be controlled or figured out given the sheer number of voices in china's vast journalistic sphere absolute government control has never been completely possible. what is undeniable
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however is that under siege and pain the chinese states command of the media space has been consolidated and reinforced. with dramatic repercussions for investigative work across the country. and finally for all of the faults media critics find in broadcast journalism it can still provide a vital service when impending weather disasters like hurricane florence are heading for the eastern u.s. t.v. ratings skyrocket because the up to date information those networks provide can save lives during simple this past week the weather channel rolled out some new next reality technology using computer generated imagery c.g.i. to give viewers in the storm's path an idea of what kind of flood waters the hurricane might produce and for context they used a five foot two inch anchorwoman as a measuring stick. the clip is as entertaining as it is informative but news consumers could use more of this kind of reporting and less of those hapless
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east and the differences. and the similarities of cultures across the. al-jazeera. this is al-jazeera and live from studio fourteen here at al-jazeera headquarters in doha i'm jim all sons of maria welcome to the news grid iran vows to take deadly unfair guessable vengeance in response to an attack on a militant right on saturday the lines are being drawn international diplomats have been summoned while the u.s. and its allies have been singled out for supporting the attack. also on the grid
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the polls have closed in the maldives in the counting has begun but really want hard for an opposition which has been curtailed by jail sentences and for sex lies as the president sits another five years in office and in the u.k. it's the opposition's turn there to weigh in on brags that but the labor party led by jeremy corben seems to have it's are not so much on a second brags that referendum but another general election to directly challenge prime minister to resume. and india is rolling out the biggest health care plan in the world nearly half a billion people are expected to benefit from it if of course the plan works out we have here reaction i'm we're hiding cactus for the hash tag. it is great to live on my own streaming online through you tube facebook climate al-jazeera dot com and a day after an attack on a military and parade in iran that left twenty five people dead iranian diplomatic
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ties are in a mess and not just with any one country or block you'll remember on saturday a gunman opened fire on a military parade it was in iran's southern city of a half an anti government arab group called the national resistance took responsibility so did i so there was well and there is no proof either way but the attack as they do all sorts of diplomatic moves in a run through some of those now iran moving in swiftly to zero in on those it believes to blame someone diplomats in the u.k. the netherlands denmark accusing them of harboring opposition groups also the u.s. envoys envoy over comments made on twitter by an m.r.i. advisor and is going to talk about that shortly iran will so accuses the u.s. and unspecified allies in the region of backing the attackers through financial and military support the u.s. ambassador to the united nations nikki haley has rejected iran's accusations of american links to the attack it all creates extra tension though just ahead of the
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united nations general assembly this week for leaving for new york this is what president hassan rouhani had to say. the. victims fell as innocent martyrs went down to lead the islamic republic of iran does not overlook this crime it is clear to us to which group the attackers belong and to where they are linked those who repeat claims about respecting human rights must be held accountable the small puppet countries that we see in the region are backed by america and the united states is provoking them and giving them the necessary capabilities to commit these crimes. and they can confront us all they want the problem is they don't like the fact that we've called them out we've called them out for ballistic missile testing we've called them out for their support of terrorism we've called them out for their arms sales and they don't like it and not only that the worst of all we stop the hundreds of billions of dollars that we're going to them and allowing them to do these violations and so their economy is plummeting the deals
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that they had are falling apart and they're getting desperate more with us arriving now joining us from teheran. where the revolutionary guard says i mentioned this at the very top of the program i think it was deadly an unforgettable vengeance very strong words from the revolution ago. absolutely this organization is really representative of iran in many ways we have to remember that this parade that was taking place was there to commemorate the iran iraq war that happened shortly after the revolution in one thousand nine hundred nine that brought this current government into power and in that conflict the revolutionary guard the i.r.g.c. played a pivotal role in iran's defense and as such it was a very symbolic target no doubt the attackers knew the symbolism of their chosen target most of the people and most of the casualties in the attack were members of
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the i.r.g.c. volunteers or officers and since they occupy such a high status in many parts of iranian society and for many people within iranian communities this attack is very personal now we're still waiting to hear officially any sort of speech from the supreme leader ayatollah ali khamenei but in a statement he did give condolences to the families and express his desire for an investigation but people we've been speaking to on the ground and alyson observers with close contacts within the government say that the supreme leader is very very angry about this attack and wants some sort of actionable decision to be taken quickly and that's something that's unique in this case many times when we see iran or iranian assets around the world coming under political military attack the response is pretty much cookie cutter iranian officials say that they will respond at an appropriate time with appropriate measures but in this case one and all
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civilian and military leaders alike have spoken up for and in defense of the i.r.g.c. and have said that they will take immediate action and that some sort of retaliation is coming soon so that is no doubt an indication that we can expect something to happen and as far as the r.g.c. is concerned they intend on carrying out some kind of action swiftly what has happened already at some diplomatic maneuvers what's your assessment of how this is leaving iran diplomatically you know the timing is always interesting as well they are all going to new york this week for the general assembly as well. absolutely this attack is definitely going to color the mission and message of the iranian delegation to the u.n. general assembly in new york and what we've seen on the ground here in teheran is that the the night of the attack the foreign minister is summing them basters of and envoys of netherlands of holland of of great britain to complain about the fact that these are countries that have long harbored what members and leaders of groups
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that iran sees as separatists as as violent armed terrorists as they call them and then they they put to the envoys that this could no longer be the case that the definition of terrorism needs to be the same for european nations as it is for iran and pressed them to do more about these groups that it is harboring we also saw the iranians blamed to the gulf arab states that they say there is evidence that they have supported aided and trained many of the armed separatists that operate within iranian territory now it was something that we're seeing that is also new is that iranian officials are saying that they have a right to respond not only to the acts of violence that are committed by groups and armed fighters within its own territory but that against the governments and individuals and groups the sponsors of these armed groups that they feel are behind these attacks as well and so that's certainly something that should give regional
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leaders pause iran is saying that it has the right to respond not just to individual terrorists or as they call them but also to the groups in countries that it feels are backing them it's aim to start his intent on the grid for us today i think zain and with us on skype now from reston virginia trita parsi or as with the national iranian american council nice to see you again i will get on to the iranian reaction in a moment i just want to go back briefly twenty four hours to the actual attack itself and i'm thinking of something that the saudi crown prince said i think it was around a year ago when he talked about taking the battle with iran into iran is very specific about it happening within iranian borders with something like this inevitable in the end. it wasn't inevitable but clearly this is what he had signaled but if i could say something first before i answer that question for we have been listening to the package and not once have we referred to this attack as a terrorist attack and i think it's very important that we do so because it was a terrorist attack it's often referred to as an attack on
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a military parade but this is much more of a memorial day parade because many of the victims were civilians and many of the folks that were actually in military gear are conscripts who have mandatory duty to go into the military for two years in iran and they have no choice as to whether they will be placed in the higher g.c. or any other part of events defense system so if we refer to the attack on the u.s.s. cole by a warship as a terrorist attack and certainly this needs to be that referred to as a terrorist attack as well in regards to what the saudi crown prince said he made it very clear that he is going to be looking to take the fight inside of iraq now we don't know if the saudis were involved in this yet no evidence has been presented but if it was something that the saudis already u.a.e. had something to do with then this is a major escalation that risks triggering a much larger war and that may very well be the intent of the saudis who for long have been trying to find a way to spark a war that would drag the u.s.
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into words because they know themselves that they cannot defeat iran but if they can do something that will get the u.s. involved and certainly u.s. power is much greater than that of the iranians so then it becomes about who is going to well who might blink first serous someone going to pull back here because the iranians already talking about you know they using language like you know deadly unforgettable vengeance for this attack now you can say maybe with a coming from as you describe the attack but the wider implications for the region a huge. absolutely and while they have a right to self-defense of course i would hope that they would show restraint because this may very well be an attempt some form of a trap in which the iranian reaction will be used as a pretext to escalate matters further and bring the united states into conflict but i do also sense that there's a. situation in iran in which they feel that their patience is running out because while this is a rather large attack there's been several other attacks over the course of the
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last couple of years and there's a sense in iran that they have not done anything to really deter these things by inflicting a cost on the saudis whether that is true or not is a different matter but there is that sense and that may tilt the balance of opinion inside of iran's political elites towards actually reacting how do you think the next week or so might play out because we you might have heard the comment from nikki haley already it's a big diplomatic week with the u.n. general assembly coming out donald trump is going to apparently chair a security council meeting on iran what could we expect this week well in some ways the fact that this is happening right now can be helpful towards making sure that the iranians show restraint because the alternative to taking military action would be to use the legal avenues that are added to put disposal including at the u.n. and with both the foreign minister and the president being there they can. pursue it rather aggressive line and try to find ways to be able to find some justice
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using those legal avenues which ultimately would be much better for everyone because any type of a military confrontation on a large scale in the region would leave everyone in the region losers trita parsi always a pleasure to talk to you thank you for joining us today thank you for having. mentioned earlier there was a tweet there's always a tweet and there is evidence that something awful to this one of them so this one has started thousands of people talking about it and there have been tweets about this attack and accusations about who did it and those are flying back and forth but there is a particular tweet which aggravated things even more it's from this men a high profile immorality professor of political science who has advised mohammed bin zayed the crown prince of abu dhabi he wrote on twitter that saying that ten soldiers were killed on a military parade in the iranian city of a has attacking a military target he says is not
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a terrorist act moving the battle deep inside iran is a deliberate choice and will increase in the next phase to that a man tweeted the professor asking him if he could define terrorism to which he replied saying terrorism is a military action against a civilian target to achieve a political purpose this exchange incited direct responses from iranian officials on twitter and were picked up by media outlets across the middle east most in rezaei a member of the advisory council of the supreme leader ayatollah khomeini replied in a direct tweet saying that the treacherous and naive advisor of abu dhabi's crown prince has just confirmed for an intervention in the incident a clear breach of and last international law he says and then we had another tweet from the chairman of the city council of to hit on most unrest jenny saying that if a terrorist attack on a military parade in the presence of unarmed civilians is justified.


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