Õhtuleht - Estonia | 22/09/2014

Russian TV for Estonia long overdue

The Estonian government last week decided to establish a state-run Russian TV channel. Better late than never, the tabloid Õhtuleht comments: "It's only reasonable that now - with a delay of almost 20 years - one quarter of the Estonian population can watch the information that the Estonian state wants to broadcast in their own language. Of course you can always say that they don't need their own channel and should learn Estonian and watch Estonian television. But with such an attitude Russian-speaking Estonians will forever remain under the influence of the empire to the east. Now the Estonian state can at least say: we gave it a try." (22/09/2014)

Phileleftheros - Cyprus | 17/09/2014

Europeans don't care about refugee tragedies

The International Organisation for Migration reported on Monday that a boat with roughly 500 refugees on board was capsized by human traffickers as it was crossing the Mediterranean. According to official reports dozens of other refugees also drowned on Sunday off the coast of Libya. The liberal daily Phileleftheros complains about the indifference of the media: "Only a few lines were written about it. It's simply a figure that sooner or later will be used in a study on migration risks. Perhaps at one point we'll also erect a monument in some Mediterranean harbour for the unknown souls who never managed to become immigrants. Such news doesn't provoke even a fraction of the shock they experience when a Western citizen is beheaded by jihadists. Of course it's not the same thing. There we were witness to the barbarity, saw the victim's expression and felt his fear. ... He wasn't just one of the anonymous." (17/09/2014)

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | 04/09/2014

Steven Sotloff gives IS terror a face

The daily De Volkskrant published a photo of the US reporter Steven Sotloff on Wednesday shortly before he was beheaded, for which it has been sharply criticised. The media face a dilemma when it comes to reporting on the IS terror, columnist Bert Wagendorp writes in defence of the left-liberal daily's decision: "One could say that it's not we in the press, radio and television who should decide what's propaganda and what's not. Our task is to show things. But things get more complicated when it's completely clear that in this way we become part of the propaganda, and help to bring about the beheading of a journalist - and thus contribute to the success [of the terrorists]. ... De Volkskrant published Steven Sotloff's last story with a video and the photo. It was about how people are being slaughtered. You can count hundreds, thousands or tens of thousands of them without it hurting. The pain only hits when the dead have a name - Steven Sotloff for example." (04/09/2014)

Milliyet - Turkey | 03/09/2014

"Spiegel" magazine teaches Turks good journalism

The German news magazine Der Spiegel's coverage of the Gezi Park protests, the Soma mining disaster and the presidential election has triggered outraged reactions from pro-government Turkish media. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has accused the magazine of denigration. But since Der Spiegel exposed Germany's spying scandal the pro- Erdoğan media suddenly has suddenly gone quiet, the conservative daily Milliyet observes: "Because this time round Turkey and Erdoğan are in the role of the victims, the reports on the spying scandal featured wonderfully original headlines like 'Everyone is curious about Turkey'. ... This time of course nobody is angry with Der Spiegel! Hopefully all those who only yesterday were accusing Der Spiegel of publishing conspiracy theories have learned their lesson: journalism isn't about currying favour with an organisation, a government or a person. Criticising, questioning, publishing and presenting proof are necessary components of journalism." (03/09/2014)

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)

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