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The Listening Post this week let the PR games begin the
global media are descending on so G what stories are they going to tell their al Jazeera
journalist in Egypt 5 are already behind bars now the
authorities have issued arrest warrants for many more the next time your news
event lookup you might see a drone looking at
you and from the office added the good and the
back someone in your office will creep you out that’s our web video of the week next
week russia will be hosting the world and the global news media at the Winter
Olympics in Sochi consider the cost 51 billion
dollars then compare it to what came before
Vancouver in 2010 adjust eight billion it’s been a huge
endeavor for the kremlin that amounts to a public relations
mega-project and the news coverage may well determine if the russians get value for money
journalists in Sochi are using these games as a news pack to get another
stories about russia there’s the contentious gay propaganda
law the environmental impact of the socially development projects and of course the enormous cost to the
taxpayer most of the Russian news media haven’t even waited for the torch to get
a lift to declare so cheer tryout step-by-step through the food in years the Russian media particularly on the
broadcast side have been brought to heel the president and his inner circle can
manage the message through media directly or indirectly
controlled by the state journalism can be a dangerous game in
Russia pushing the boundaries can get foreign reporters expelled and it can get Russian reporters killed
these are the Olympics that the Kremlin wanted now we’re about to find out how it likes
the news coverage that always calms with hosting the Games our starting
point this week is such that the 22nd Olympic Winter Games in
2014 I’ll order to the city of Sochi remain targets was to show kinda you face a
fresh a mostly supporters called stereotypes
and negative attitudes toward russians still right West there is a blizzard are
allegations unsavory ties state television the game
the present in a positive light and put miss the stock you have immense political pressure to new the
pro-government line some point a war that too much
don’t miss puccini assessed on a and they don’t have to be reminded of
what that lines game to be fair to President Putin there isn’t a political leader anywhere
who when the Olympics come to their country doesn’t try to transform the games into
personal political capital but Vladimir Putin have taken that notion and run with it skied with it and skated
always with the beautiful Russian cameras in tow proven is everywhere we see him visiting the venues in Sochi inspecting the area we see him skating with
president Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and former and it just us lower 50s of travel burry
he’s in the heart of the action and your his game and we see this in a positive light
because this is his project time to show the world that russia’s a strong nation it’s a modern
one that it can win on the international stage as well as at the rink and on the slopes now North Queensland
yet the moscow for President Putin and for the russian
people it represents amongst other things the opportunity to show what the
country’s achieved in recent years to demonstrate once again Russia’s
influence is growing at a Steve Maple Shade you can use the bill it would be good to
ask the residents of sorts she would they make a little but you’re hardly likely to find any
coverage of that India official media the reaction has been unambiguous for
them it is being well to college natural disaster would be too
much but this year to something like that especially the people who were detected
from their homes in who if they were paid any compensation then it was almost not the classical
concert with which initiated complaints over Olympic great
construction projects are not unique to such they come with the games where ever they
are held but official Russia is not interested in the reporting a backstory over the past three months
news crews from Norway and the Czech Republic say they’ve been repeatedly detained in
Sochi and threatened with jail time and back in 2010 and TV the channel
owned by the energy giant Gazprom which is closely tied to the kremlin
aired a documentary saying so she residents critical of the games we’re just back with malcontents out for
some about Olympic money to be a some onion mean an eerie the spiritual who owns and TV its Gazprom so it’s clear with if this
had stood out as the only program of its kind by MTV perhaps it would have generated some
surprises irritation or even protest but it’s by no means the only such
program on the channel there’s a whole brigade hope our to win
TV that has long since stopped working as a news outlet as journalists but are now instead
propagandists over the very worst storms from work which will talk they want to
show to the audience which still has faith in the state-run made media that there are are no legitimate
objections to what they’re doing anyone who complains or raises issues
connected to the Olympics is doing so either because they’re being
paid by foreigners or because they’re malicious all these
people are are legitimate targets in the eyes the
regime for disc did defamation discredit Asian David sadder would be in a position to
know he recently became the first American
journalist expelled from Russia since the Cold War the authorities say it was over visa
issues he says he was told his presence was undesirable between
last year’s pussy Riot’s and Greenpeace stories which led to the jailing and
eventual release a group critical of the government the Kremlin is taking a hard
line with political opponents on those stories and on the gay
propaganda the balkan the Russian media have backed the government when the
state-owned channel Russia one invited an American journalist to discuss the law on homosexuality the
moderator sounded considerably less from our which mall we as a way to my
stomach stalin ship $3 watch it here dying I you must remove to
bring your but you’re still it because russians
Russian media has taken something that was not necessarily an issue made it made it an issue they have been if you
can figure out who said that height %uh homosexuals who die in car
accidents since these burned and buried in the ground you have these homophobic
comments that come from state on media and from actors who are supported that’s
when it becomes problematic the state-controlled media is is
important because see it reaches to all parts of the country
it reaches outside Moscow and Leningrad it’s also important because russians by
and large get their news from television not from the press and not from the
internet something like eighty percent oppressions get their news
overwhelmingly from the state-controlled national media
television media so are it is a very powerful instrument the Listening Post contacted the kremlin
and four other government offices for comment on this story none replied and neither the state-owned
Russia won or ntv made anyone available we did however get interviews with
journalists that to state owned outlets the head RIA Novosti is Olympic service
and the editor in chief Russia direkt on government control the
media in general and such coverage in particular yeah
some are no I myself was editor-in-chief Russia
direct have never experienced any form oppression I’ve never been told what to write or
what not to write on the Olympics we’ve just published a whole series of
articles a special issue about Suchy safety investment the costs and benefits
to Russia in the long run we found expert to me put the question
to them we didn’t tell them what to write or
what not to write stoop to such thing you decide probably proper year ago where we’re a lot of criticism regarding regarding
preparation to the games but I think that’s a closer
to the games focus of media coverage has started to
shoot sir Tolworth a sport itself people don’t
always want to hear how miserable all this the process of
preparation is and they want to hear more some
success stores and that’s what the Russian media both
state-owned and nominally independent will give in a few short
days the world will tune into the winter olympics it will be a tale of one city and two
stories news near that like the athletes will be
in competition our Global Village Voice is now on the news coverage of the
upcoming Sochi games Olympics in Sochi seen by
many in russia as an opportunity to attract attention
to the conditions billions accounted their phones hardly
surprising and journalist and mostly focused on
such issues ass corruption depression activities
Ashraf measures didn’t like his entire very few of the
stories it refused by russian journalist and
these is a sign it’s our how difficult situation is russian
journalist the Olympic Charter actually mandate
that the International Olympic Committee and the whole city insured was strange
me get coverage what will be interesting however will be
the social media output from the people on the ground in with that company
increasing realization that the spectators reflecting their problem 5 X-thirty issue in think
that their thing with the olympic movement so the
game being more and more Kuol it and called for
jeans by audiences way time now for listening
post newsbytes at last some clarity on the legal status about as a journalist
Selden Egyptian jails in the news is not good for them or their colleagues five al Jazeera
journalists have been behind bars awaiting trial and now the authorities
say arrest warrants have been issued for another 12 unnamed employees who they
say either currently work for Al Jazeera or
have done in the past the prosecutors have said the Al Jazeera
Stafford quote undermined national unity by broadcasting false information most to the accuser said to be Gyptian
Nationals charged with membership in a terrorist organization the Muslim
Brotherhood al Jazeera says it’s had no journalists reporting from Egypt since
December 29 the day that aljazeeraenglish producers Mohamed Fahmy
and bar Muhammad as well as correspondent Peter Crestor were all
arrested two more employees from the networks Arabic language channels adel
al Shami and Mohammad bader have been in
detention for more than five months already al Jazeera calls the charges absurd and
continues to demand the prisoner’s unconditional release the network has
been backed on that in a petition signed by nearly 50 journalists from international media outlets & Media
Watch organizations have condemned the Egyptian government
over the allegation that Al Jazeera is colluding with terrorist groups adverts know the former NASA contractor
who blew the whistle on mass surveillance by US and British spy
agencies has taken a bruising in the media
particularly in the US now he’s giving some of that back snowden used an interview with The New
Yorker magazine to accuse the US mainstream media abdicating their responsibility to hold
power to account he was talking about interviews done
january 19 by Mike Rogers and Dianne Feinstein I
believe there’s a reason he ended up in the hands the loving arms of an FSB agent in
moscow the two had congressional intelligence
committees both mused aloud on the possibility that snowden whose
exiled in moscow has been working for the russians all
along snowden denies back and said it’s not the smears that mister
funny it’s that outlets report statements that the speakers themselves
admit are sheer speculation he added it’s just
amazing that these massive media institutions don’t have any sort of editorial
position on this I mean these are pretty serious allegations The Associated Press says it
will no longer work with an award-winning photojournalist after he
admitted to digitally tampering with the picture taken in
Syria Mexican photographer nasty so contrast was one of five
journalists awarded a Pulitzer Prize for their work there last year the photo in question was taken 4 months
ago in the northwestern city of it live it shows a rebel fighter ducking for cover the original shows a
camera in the bottom left hand corner but in the image contrast submitted that camera had been removed the
alteration breached AP’s editorial policy its director of photography Santiago
Lyon said AP’s reputation is paramount deliberately removing elements from our photographs is completely
unacceptable Contreras eventually admitted his manipulation said he did it because
he felt the camera would be a distraction he also said I took the wrong decision
when I remove the camera I feel ashamed about that but it happened to me so I
have to assume the consequences when someone says the
word drone it’s usually followed by the word strike given the stories we keep hearing out of
places like Pakistan and Yemen we’ve become conditioned to think up
drones as weapons of war they’re also becoming tools at the
journalistic trade because whether you realize it or not more and more news
stories particularly those on television now include images shot by drones there are still a lot of
issues to be worked out some other technological some ethical however drones are becoming part the
news gathering process and because they can provide a different
perspective and they’re not as expensive as one might think you can bet they’re here to stay
listening posts will young now on the potential and some of the pitfalls the media’s unmanned eyes in the skies in November 2013 typhoon high on in the Philippines a
camera carried by unmanned aerial vehicle more UAV floats overhead high enough to
capture the scale of the destruction get close enough to convey the detail
and depth to the tragedy hmm the footage shot by a British
freelancer was picked up by CNN who also hired him
to shoot their reporter on the scene the possibility for drones in the hands
of journalists and activists is it’s really quite
significant it seems obvious that the moment that if you wanna show widespread devastation after a fire or
environmental problems that drones can help illustrate that if you’re at a protest in you have a
drone you can for example for a drying up in the air and say the
tactics the place to using say the extent of it really give it
kinda whole different illustrative angle to the coverage the charges and it’s a
political protests where drones are getting closest to where news is
breaking a drone shop demonstrations that ship
Bangkok at the end of last year the footage quickly became part of the
mainstream media coverage but it was at the Occupy protests 2011
where journalists temple first saw Howard run could help report
times civil unrest I’ve known about drones and anaerobic to
airplanes and Blanton all that stuff but it wasn’t until there was this
particular protest in Boston where the police formed a line and they
were blocking the press from being able to film the arrests happening behind them that that I start to think what can I do
that’s legal to circumvent their blockade and a
friend of mine suggested week got a couple these drowns 10
straight to the sky what an aerial shot totally legal will
get a better vantage point how can we incorporate this in the give the park protests in Turkey when tens of thousand people were
clashing with police the whole time I was there I did not see
a single news camera flying over the place there was another guy goes by the name chinks online who used a BJ DJ I fan I’m just this where he flew around protests in Istanbul
Turkey and was actually getting some really
amazing shots confrontations between the police and protesters so in that
case did aerial shots of from the drones were
the only ones we got of the whole park and they were miss far
as I know they were just put on YouTube and web sites and I believe on second day that he was flying in around
police shot it out of the sky you can hear some aromatic weapon fire
and then it just falls to the ground me get the park showed how contentious
journalism drugs can be over politically sensitive situations but the technology better known for its
military applications in the world commercial photography in
footage the argument has been settled drone pilot Toby Pocock has never flown
his pics a copter to cover breaking news he puts cameras in the sky the corporate
customers instead we’ve got quite a a varied range of
clients ranging from the likes of rolls-royce right through
to property companies when it comes to
drones they want to put a camera into a position which hasn’t been possible before
helicopters are restricted to how low I can try and obviously because we make a
lot less noise our what’s more a full-size helicopter
means that we are much more responsive a lot of news organizations will pay for
exclusive access to the river the building or sending up to a helicopter cost
thousands of dollars but John technology is tremendously
cheaper the model I uses only a few hundred dollars can be flown with
a mobile app so the the point entry at which a
journalist can figure out how to use it is very low and the cost is very low
journalists armed with easily available drones have
already run into the long arm of the law in June 2013 a South African filmmaker
was arrested after flying a drone around the hospital where the late Nelson
Mandela was being treated in August Swiss police confiscated
images taken by photographer who flew his drone over the wall as a celebrity
wedding in both cases journalists were
criticized for chasing famous places and given that the media are often
accused of invading the privacy of public figures could drones give image hungry news
hounds another way to dock their targets from above of people ask me all the time
a lot of the paparazzi Gettysburg Pa prosecuting one they already have them there are laws
that bar people from looking in other people’s windows like
sneaking up seventy thousand looking in there but those laws are often
predicated on you being physically on the property
well with the UAB you don’t have to be there anymore it seems like a natural right not to be
photographed against your wealth in your backyard fence then but Jones are promising to
Wiley that if think a lot of people will be
quite understandably creeped out by the idea that if you’re outside anywhere anywhere in your home in your backyard if you’re just outside
you may potentially be photographed with so many issues unresolved
mainstream media have used drones sparingly far away from built-up areas West safety
issues in regulation are unlikely to be an issue there’s
something about the cultural mainstream media which is normally fairly cautious about pulling in and
risking things with new technology mainstream media at the moment has been
very his attempt to take a drives the baby say for
example is going step by step training that people very slowly but also there’s aspect to drones that
slow things down you got battery life on small drones is
know me quite low so you can really only 58
things on 15 to 20 minutes I its hi you gotta practice if a bit to get a
really good steady shop that tells the story that you wanna tell
coming at it from a flying point of view on the fact that we have to be /c a
qualified for this a media they are I think a ball at the
restrictions that we would have on us before you could use it for journalism
of course yet great stick a camera from the air there’s awry going on down here or there
is something that we need to go and check out it’s fantastic but they may be
breaking rules and regulations to put in the train is here in the first
place over the coming months the organization responsible for
regulating its place in the US the FAA will consider revising laws that
restrict drone use that could mean more
experimentation to see Howard drones I’ve used Canon parts news
coverage because as with any technology it’s not
about what drones can do it’s about journalists continue drums I think you are absolutely seeing a
period experimentation I think that the limitations right now primarily have
to do with law safety right once those begin
to relax I think you’re gonna see a lot more creativity held the best scenario would be a genuine discussion about safety and
privacy so we had a reasonable compromise that
could exploit these technologies without to spend a surrendering think
it’s much better for policymakers to be proactive rather
than looking at technology a sump force of
nature that just is gonna happen because it’s not you
know we make these things we can decide how to use more global village voice is now on the
use of drones in journalism I think charles duvall same ethical
debate that sorry journalists have been struggling with for decades is a at the gold teeth telephoto lens
for gas and being hacked would be impossible to see with the
naked eye is a ethical issues ahead here and thought
I’d ask someone without and now I do you think that technology does have
the potential to be abused but has so much more opportunity to
thank column I think privacy is a concern but
it’s a bit overstated because this technology is still very
limited in its capabilities but I think the single biggest obstacle
for drones to be adopted by journalists is %uh easy to use are still a big learning
curve on and we need to do it to a point where angels can just press a
button and the drone take scared the rest so
basically what we really need it is not drone so much is aerial robots way and finally those of you who are meant
to be working right now but are watching our program online instead may identify with the following
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