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Protests in Turkey

October 12, 2015 9:41 am Published by Leave your thoughts

With at least 97 killed and hundreds injured after twin bombs struck a peaceful demonstration in Ankara on October 10th, Turkish activism and the role played by the media in framing debates is once again in focus. These and other issues will be discussed when the Turkish scholar and activist …

September’s protests around the globe

September 23, 2015 2:09 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

September has seen both violent and peaceful political protests unfolding across the globe. Nepalese have protested, both before and after their county’s parliament overwhelmingly voted to adopt a new constitution. In Europe, Moldovans continued largely peaceful protests that began earlier this year and demanded that members of their government step …

2011 London Protests hit the screen at the Toronto Film Festival

September 18, 2015 2:16 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The lineup at the Toronto Film Festival this week is a reminder of why it’s useful to plot the relationship between ‘real’ protests mediated on television news broadcasts, and their depiction in popular culture. Several of the films being screened in Toronto examine the London protests of 2011. The Hard Stop, …

Syrian’s protest here and now

September 2, 2015 12:08 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Four years ago Syrians took to the streets to protest against the authoritarian rule of their country. People across Europe and beyond followed the events through large and small screens, applauded, and confirmed their right to freedom. Today Syrians are among the refugees protesting for freedom outside the Budapest train …

Struggle to control the narrative

January 15, 2015 1:21 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

In the last days of 2014, Moscow was once again the scene of protests. Fifteen years have now passed since Vladimir Putin came to power in Russia. Recent years have seen striking examples of efforts to control the narrative – not least in the Ukraine – and have brought the …

Bahrain then and now

January 5, 2015 4:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The year began with protests in Bahrain, with demonstrators demanding the release of the country’s main Shia opposition leader. It can be instructive to compare the unfolding news with reports filed over 3 years ago. Alexa Robertson

Protests of yesteryear

January 5, 2015 3:58 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

A hundred years ago, the world was at war. Men of multiple nationalities were dying on the Western front, doing ‘their bit’ for the war effort. But not everyone supported it. In Dublin, crowds protested against compulsory military service in defence of the British Empire. Alexa Robertson

Struggle to control the narrative

January 5, 2015 3:56 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

In the last days of 2014, Moscow was once again the scene of protests. Fifteen years have now passed since Vladimir Putin came to power in Russia. Recent years have seen striking examples of efforts to control the narrative – not least in the Ukraine – and have brought the …

Four years after the Arab uprisings

January 5, 2015 3:53 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

One of the challenges of the project is to make sense of how, in the new media ecology, journalists do not just report protests – they are also involved and in some cases the object of them. On January 1st, a retrial was ordered of the three Al Jazeera journalists …