The shocking attack in New Zealand is a reminder that terrorism is above all a media act. Without publicity there would be no point for the terrorist. They are attempts to show their power, recruit supporters, encourage emulators, to disrupt society and to provoke the authorities into reactions that might bolster their sinister strategies. The option of a media […]
From Africanising the Crash to Ethiopianising the problem – The media representation of the ET302 crash is symptomatic of a wider problem
Former journalist, communications specialist and current LSE MSc student Behailu Shiferaw Mihirete looks at the media coverage of the recent Ethiopian Airlines’ plane crash.
On Sunday, 10 March 2019, Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed on a regular flight bound to Nairobi only six minutes after taking off. All 157 people aboard Flight ET302 died in the accident.
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I don’t really believe in reality, if I’m honest. I think our sense of the so called real and familiar world is so mediated and constructed, so dependent on our personal position and experience, so shaped by the agendas of those in power and by our own desperate need to make sense of the chaos through the imposition of narrative that really all we can meaningfully talk about is layers of fictions, or interrelated spheres of conflicting and complimentary imaginaries.
In order to move forward, we need old and new monopolies to leave behind their economic interests and focus their attention on their shared mission. Additionally, we need to open the debate to the unheard voices in the sector: national news agencies, independent journalists, smaller publishers and audiences
The common ground of both these reports, Cairncross and Knight, is that local media serve local democracy. They then depart company on how it is to be supported and encouraged, the former looking to public finance, the latter to philanthropy and citizenship. On balance, we need to find ways in which local journalism can re-discover its old craft and creativity for its own ends.