Thursday, 7 January 2016

Media Quotes of the Week: Charlie Hebdo feels 'alone' to is press doing propaganda for terrorists?

OneYear On: The assassin is still out there
Charlie Hebdo financial director Eric Portheault, quoted in the Guardian, on the anniversary of the terrorist attack on the magazine: “We feel terribly alone. We hoped that others would do satire too. No one wants to join us in this fight because it’s dangerous. You can die doing it.”

Maria Eagle MP ‏@meaglemp on Twitter: "Pleased to have been appointed to new role as Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport...And will be calling on the Government to proceed with the implementation of the proposals put forward by Leveson."

Michael Crick ‏@MichaelLCrick on Twitter: "With Corbyn, broadcasters have again started using word 'moderates' to describe non-Left in Labour. They should stop doing so. It's unfair."

Tom Mendelsohn in the New Statesman on Labour's communications chief Seumas Milne: "Milne needs to realise that we don’t have a Pravda, no matter how much he wishes we would, and that he has to start playing the game. If he can’t, or won’t, it’s time for him to be disappeared."

Newsquest group production director Leighton Jones, in a memo to editors, reported by HoldTheFrontPage: “In order to create a more efficient workflow and address the concerns of some of you that you change 80 per cent or more of the headlines that are supplied, it has been decided that headlines, subheads and straplines on stories will no longer be written in the copy-editing hubs."

Chris Morley, NUJ Newsquest group coordinator, in a statement: “Large numbers of experienced and highly talented sub editors who knew their towns and cities inside out were discarded by Newsquest through wasteful redundancy, many with years of loyal service, to create the two hubs. The NUJ warned loudly and clearly that producing local papers hundreds of miles away would hit quality. We warned that the staff, often inexperienced, being recruited to the hubs, especially at Newport, were placed in an impossible position by the company with lack of training and support and having to contend with vast numbers of titles. The results were all too unfortunate to behold and now it seems the shrinking band of remaining editors have at last accepted that the NUJ warnings were valid all along and lack of quality is undermining their titles with the reading public."

Elizabeth Rigby and Francis Elliott in The Times [£]: "Ministers are extending freedom of information laws to cover charities but they are expected to press ahead with plans to strengthen the government’s powers to veto requests."

Barry Glendenning, in the Guardian: "Van Gaal is by no means the first football manager to make little secret of his contempt for those tasked with chronicling the day-to-day activities of his team – but few have ever gone about it in a more consistently entertaining way. We should be grateful that United’s weekend victory over Swansea City looks certain to keep him in a job; United’s performances on the football field this season may have been characterised by a lack of entertainment but their manager’s press briefings remain compulsive viewing."

The SubScribe blog: "Oh dear. It was bad enough when papers persisted in calling Mohamed Emwazi 'Jihadi John'. The nickname, bestowed before we knew his real identity, gave an air of Hollywood hero to a calculating murderer. As hostage after hostage met their fate in the desert, we disseminated Isis propaganda in the form of their orange-robed humiliation as they knelt before man-in-black Emwazi and his machete. It took a long time to grasp that this was not the way to portray those men murdered simply because they were from the West. But the 'Jihadi John' habit was too hard for most to break, even after his real name was released. It was a convenient shorthand, instantly recognisable. But that didn't make it right. Now, six weeks after the death of Emwazi, another Briton in a black balaclava has appeared in another Isis snuff video. And what do we do? Proclaim him the 'new Jihadi John'. Shame on you Daily Telegraph. You should know better. Don't you realise that this is propaganda. You are doing the terrorists' job for them."

The Guardian in a leader: "No free society can impose a total blackout on videos of the kind that Isis has again released, least of all under the transformed conditions of the internet era. Yet a sensible free society should not play the terrorists’ game unthinkingly either. A free media still needs to observe self control. News organisations are right to censor violent videos on grounds of taste. They should also be careful not to glorify the hostile perpetrators inadvertently. They do not want to hand the jihadis the megaphone they crave, or amplify the one they already have. That mistake was made too often in the coverage of Mohammed Emwazi. By surrendering our airwaves to this latest video, we risk repeating the error and doing the terrorists’ job for them."


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