Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | 26/08/2014

Feuding continues at "Der Spiegel" magazine

Wolfgang Büchner, editor-in-chief of German news magazine Der Spiegel, has pushed through his editorial reform concept against the opposition of the majority of his employees. On Friday evening the shareholders' meeting approved his plan. But it doesn't solve the main problem, the daily Tages-Anzeiger comments: "The Spiegel is a two-tier society. The older print editors in particular earn a lot of money and are able to influence the publisher's strategic decisions via employee share ownership. Meanwhile at Spiegel Online the wages are substantially lower and the employees have no say. ... It's wrong for the two editing teams to bicker and cause trouble for each other. Trench warfare hurts both sides, and ultimately the final product. At a time when practically all media face austerity programmes, no one can afford this. Not even the almighty Spiegel!" (26/08/2014)

Gândul - Romania | 25/08/2014

Youtube right to censor Foley beheading

The video portal Youtube has erased videos of the execution of US journalist James Foley by the IS terrorist militia and blocked the accounts of several jihadists. By contrast, the video of the killing of a black youth by the police in the American town of Ferguson continues to circulate on the Internet. Journalist Alina Matis examines why in the online daily Gândul: "I've posted the question on Facebook and asked several journalists. Of all the answers, one really hits the nail on the head: the number of hits on Youtube won't encourage the US police to kill other black youths, while the number of viewers of the Foley video will certainly prompt the IS to film other beheadings. And in the case of the American police, the film can help to drive the debate on 'justified killing'. Nothing is 'justified' about Foley's beheading, and a debate about it would be even less helpful." (25/08/2014)

Die Presse - Austria | 21/08/2014

Don't follow Foley murder on Twitter

The video of the beheading of US journalist James Foley spread like wildfire on the social networks on Tuesday evening. The liberal-conservative daily Die Presse criticises the widespread viewing of such images: "There's no reason to watch such a blackmail video. And all the less reason to help spread IS propaganda via the Retweet or share buttons. ... Of course: sometimes images move the world. Just think of Vietnam, where two photos played a significant role in bringing the war to an end. ... Photos mobilise us. The danger is: we become angry rather than informed. We don't become more sensitised - just numbed by the flood of images. And we think too little about whether these people would have agreed to be presented mutilated and in some cases half naked to the world - let alone about what their families might think." (21/08/2014)

Večer - Slovenia | 19/08/2014

Whistleblowers assume role of the media

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange announced at a press conference on Monday his intention of leaving the Ecuadorian embassy in London as soon as the British government gives its assurance that he will be allowed to leave the country for Ecuador. Whistleblowers like Assange are indispensable nowadays, the conservative daily Večer comments: "Whistleblowing makes the so urgently needed global monitoring possible. ... In these times of globalisation and commercialisation the media has lost much of its controlling function. Now the digital era and the rise of the social networks have produced the whistleblowers: informed citizens who put their conscience before profit and the dirty interests of the state. With their inconvenient revelations these people are a thorn in the side of states whose power had hitherto not been subject to any control." (19/08/2014)

Radikal - Turkey | 05/08/2014

Western media arrogant regarding Turkey

"Erdoğan - the New Sultan!" is the title story of the latest edition of Der Spiegel magazine, fitting in perfectly with the image of Turkey that prevails in the West, the liberal web magazine Radikal comments in annoyance: "Admittedly Turkey has a good few problems: influencing of the press, legislation and everyday life, uniform parties and its party laws, the constitution, the demands of the Alevis which are ignored, demonstrators who have lost their lives due to police brutality, hundreds of imprisoned youths and much more. ... But the big picture is different. Turkey is on the brink of the biggest conciliation in its entire history with the Kurds. How does this fit in with the picture of an expanding dictatorship that is hostile to freedom? And how can we explain the important legislation regarding the Armenians and other minorities? And also as regards civil society progress has been made. ... In the presidential elections the people will now have their say. Or should it be someone else who has their say as far as the West is concerned?" (05/08/2014)

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