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    Hong Kong Rising: Does the beauty of crowds distract from the political demands?

Hong Kong Rising: Does the beauty of crowds distract from the political demands?

Once again a generation of well-educated, aspirational young people who want democracy with their economic growth have taken to the streets to demand a political system that gives them representation that reflects their views.

Hong Kong’s streets now resemble Cairo’s Tahrir Square, Istanbuil’s Taksim Square and Kiev’s Maidan Nezalezhnosti- though, so far, without the extreme violence that left so much […]

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    An introduction to Voting Advice Applications (VAA) and their potential influence and effects

An introduction to Voting Advice Applications (VAA) and their potential influence and effects

Introduction by Charlie Beckett, Director, Polis, LSE

Voting Advice Applications are digital devices that try to help citizens think about how they might decide to vote in an election. They might be websites, apps or any other online format that you could access via a desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile connected device. They are a niche digital product but they […]

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The Kashmiri conundrum: why is ‘the world’s largest democracy’ rated so poorly for press freedoms? (guest blog)

As voters go to the polls in Indian-administered Kashmir, freelance journalist Mark Mistry looks at how the Indian media’s treatment of the region’s fiercely disputed status, coupled with violations of press freedoms by the state’s security forces, has contributed to its poor reputation. A recent BBC World Service portrait of India’s press reported that ‘the business of news is killing the profession […]

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The award-winning story of how Rio’s poor were robbed by the people who were supposed to run their hospitals (guest blog)

One of my students here at the LSE is a Brazilian journalist who has just won the Tim Lopes Journalistic Prize for Investigative Reporting. Julio Lubianco was recognised for his radio investigation into corruption in the health services provided for the poor of Rio de Janeiro. Here he explains the story and how he revealed it. it included clever use of data investigation, […]

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Conference 2014 Speaker Series: An Interview with Fatima El Issawi

Polis research fellow Fatima El Issawi speaks about her new report on post-uprising Egyptian Media: “Egyptian Media Under Transition: In the name of the regime… In the name of the people?”

The report will be launched on Friday March 28th at the Polis Annual Journalism Conference. Free tickets, as well as information on our line-up, are available here. Our keynote speakers are […]

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Latest dispatch from the international propaganda war in Ukraine

Ukrainian LSE student Elena Serdyuk gives a personal view of the media battle in the crisis with Russia and the Crimea. You can read her previous article on the crisis here During a debate “Russia, Ukraine and Us,” organized by the LSE and BBC Radio 4 there was a consensus on at least one aspect of the crisis: that Western media […]

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March 14th, 2014|International|0 Comments|

Malaysian Airlines MH370: what we don’t know can make compelling journalism

In the absence of facts we get clichés. We (currently) have no accurate idea where the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 is, so journalists resort to phrases such as ‘mystery surrounds the fate’ or ‘confusion reigns’. More journalism is like this than you realise. It’s proof that news can be even more compelling when incomplete. One way of understanding this is […]

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Conference 2014 Speaker Series: An Interview with Alice Ross

Ahead of the Polis Annual Journalism Conference on Friday March 28th, we are interviewing some of our speakers.  Alice Ross leads The Bureau for Investigative Journalism’s work on drones. The Covert Drone War project is based on a database of all known US drone attacks in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen, providing details of the number of strikes in each country […]

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“It was occurring in my nation and I was the spectator”: reflections three years on about the Japan earthquake and tsunami

This article Polis intern Asuka Kageura Last Sunday at a small church in London a service was held to commemorate “3/11″,  the Great East Japan earthquake. The spring sun was shining above the attendants who were remembering the scenes of that day, praying for victims and survivors, and singing the charity song “Hana wa saku” (the flower blooms) with prayers for […]

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March 10th, 2014|International|2 Comments|

A Ukrainian take on Russia’s ‘propaganda’ campaign (guest blog)

This article is by LSE Student Elena Serdyuk. It’s a personal account from someone who feels involved in the fate of her nation, but it also highlights how the media campaign is mobilised alongside the military manoeuvres at this stage. Never in my life did I think I would utter the words, “Ukraine is at war!” Last Sunday I did. As a […]

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