Africa

Mohammed ‘Mo’ Amin: A pioneer in African journalism?

This week,  Polis hosted a screening of the documentary ‘Mo & Me’ followed by a Q&A with its producer, Salim Amin, and chaired by Dr Wendy Willems.  Blog post by Priyanka Deo, Polis reporter “I’m not afraid of the bullet with my name on it, but I don’t want the bullet that says ‘To whom it may concern.’”

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Pictures of suffering – do we have to choose between impact and dignity?

Is showing a tragic portrait of people in the developing world the only effective strategy to call for action and  funding from people in donor countries?  Can’t we change the perspective toward victims in crisis? Polis reporter Asuka Kageura gives her response to the Polis Media Agenda Talk by Brendan Paddy, Head of Communications at the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), who […]

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What is the point of studying at the LSE when my friends are being killed at home? (Guest blog)

This week we were able to give a small but vital Silverstone Scholarship grant to one of our MSc students, Eman Eltigani, a journalist from Sudan. She was thrilled to get the financial support, but bad news from her homeland soon changed the mood. Here she reports on what it’s like to be a journalist studying abroad while people struggle […]

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Filming Africa Differently – Jamal Osman at Polis, LSE next Tuesday Dec 4th

What’s it like to be an African journalist in Britain making films about Africa? Somalian-born Jamal Osman is an outstanding journalist and a brilliant film-maker who creates work that reveals but also challenges the viewer. He’s the next speaker in our Media Agenda Talks series.

He will be at LSE next Tuesday 4th at  5pm in the New Theatre Houghton […]

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Why I think the Kony 2012 Campaign Is Wrong

I think the Kony12 campaign is wrong. It is wrong in content, tactics, strategy, ethics and politics. The Invisible Children organisation may well be doing some good work in East Africa, but this media effort is wrong. And it’s not just the wrong means to a good end, it’s a negative in itself. They should stop it or change it. […]

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In Defence of the #Kony12 Campaign (guest blog)

The Invisible Children Kony campaign has succeeded in one important thing. It has sparked a global debate about the best way to mobilise support for human rights action. With brilliant use of film and online social networks it has created a viral phenomenon that has generated huge publicity for the target of bringing the Ugandan war lord to justice. But critics […]

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Who Is To Blame When Africa Starves: media, governments or NGOs?

A report from Oxfam and Save The Children on the East African food crisis shows that thousands of lives could have been saved if aid organisations had acted earlier. This was not a sudden disaster and yet not enough was done to prevent it escalating: Early signs of an oncoming food crisis were clear many months before the emergency reached […]

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The Power of Information: New Technologies for Philanthropy and Development (conference notes)

You don’t usually get this many smart suits at a development conference, but Indigo Trust‘s The Power of Information: New Technologies for Philanthropy and Development at trendy Kings Place was seeking to bring together money, technology and the developing world. These are some notes written live during the day.

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A Virtual Civil Society?

If you walk down the corridors of most development organisations you will see the words ‘civil society’ on many of the name-plates screwed to the office doors. Comforting words engraved on nice solid plaques. But what does it mean? This is not an academic debate. I used to think that civil society meant all the non-commercial, non-governmental organisations that live […]

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Social media and democratic governance: the next decade (Wilton Park paper)

These are the notes for a presentation I gave as part of the Wilton Park conference on ‘media, social media and democratic governance’. This has been an extraordinary period for news and also for the way that news is created and consumed. I think that we see some substantial trends emerging are more than passing fads or exceptional circumstances. I […]

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