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country. minneapolis, reaching a high of 56 today. back to you, morgan. >> thanks, jalila. thank you for watchingays america. i am morgan radford life from new york city. listening post is coming up next. don't go anywhere. >> hello, you're at the listening . this week, presidential elections are less than two months away in egypt. are the media equipped or in the mood to cover the story? journalists shot at in pakistan, released by kidnapper is syria and warned by the prime minister in turkey. 24 hour news on t.v., all that
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air time, but so little to say. >> plenty more, none of it news. >> beat and a little humor and you've got rap news. ♪ >> mainstream t.v. >> that's our web video of the week. >> when doing a story about the state of the news media in egypt in 2014, it is difficult to know where to start. this past week on the day field marshall officially left his army post to run in presidential elections next month or we could begin with the state air channel airing a story about another candidate, deemed by other voices in the egyptian media to be sandallous. four from this network terrorists word used to describe them for reporting. there's the louding of field marshall assisi as the nation's
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savior on channels that seem to be speaking out of one voice out of egypt's past rather than the post revolutionary country that was propped after tahrir square. >> >> asoming mr. of news coverage in egypt from privately owned channels, none run by the government. on the day assisi made his candidate
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relief. >> this belly dancer found her glee was beyond her ability to contain. >> there are two narratives that have paved all the way for assisi's public run, the public narrative and the second of national security, having to do with the muslim brotherhood designated as a terrorist organization, the egyptian media
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has originally ecod this. when these two narratives meet, they create the perfect storm for a strong man to bed leader of egypt. >> it's a learning curve not only for the egyptian media, but also for this emerging democracy, because egypt is on its way to be democratic and it is calling to become democratic. the democratic process is not built in few months or years and people are trying hard to be passionate about what they believe in, and especially they take mr. sisi as the man who will perform miracles and this is something also not very healthy. >> another telling example of how things have changed in egyptian journalism came that same night on the state owned channel one. state owned media outlets in egypt are like electric weather
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vanes, they support whoever is in power. march 26, channel one broadcast and extended piece on another presidential candidate. >> the broadcaster was chastised for that on privately own channels that have always claimed to be less differential to power than their state owned counter parts. >> he is angry in a very passionate way that egyptian television should not have aired that clip at this particular time and this is sisi's show. tonight is sisi's show, but this is all the way people in egypt now suppress their views as a
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result of state polarization in the country. >> everybody who watched this a few minutes was why now and why directly after the announcement? this has been easy to understand. general sisi has learned from the mistakes of mubarak and morsi, he is going to show us that everybody has an equal fair of state television. >> the whitewash is all the way the media is in egypt. >> either they're making a promise that they're going to play to center and this is how they intend to proceed going forward or they're just getting this out of the way to neutralize complaints and they'll go back to marginalizing and giving the lion's share to sisi and they'll always point to what they did on that first night. >> our interview was done by skype, because for aljazeera,
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operating in egypt these days presents challenges. this past monday, three aljazeera journalists made another court appearance where their request for bail was denied. so they will remain behind bars at least until their next hearing, april 10. they are charged with colluding with what the interim government calls a terrorist group, the muslim brotherhood, a party of egyptians. the presiding judges were told the idea that i have a connection with the muslim brotherhood is pranky, preposterous. >> why are they being treated this way? because they are from aljazeera, many of the officials will say that journalists from aljazeera or journalists from iran or from which have country will come were always there for a particular agenda. they just want one dialogue.
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they just want one particular narrative and every egyptian should always follow this narrative. another voice, another different voice will always be unacceptable. >> even today, one of the stories on the first page is the minister of endowments in egypt asking that aljazeera should be put on a list of institutions that support terrorism. aljazeera has been so thoroughly demonized that everything will be dealt with through a security perspective rather than freedom of expression perspective. >> the attitude toward aljazeera in particular is very toxic and have been for months now. aljazeera is rewarded as an ally have the muslim brotherhood, however, it must be noted that the head of the journalist syndicate was very active in defending the three aljazeera journalists who are currently incarcerated on trial and has
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worked with international correspondents to improve prison conditions. >> that's of note. >> there's not a chorus asking for their release. that would stray from the narrative. the one being reinforced on television, egypt surviving 7,000 years of history can now only be saved by one man, a man in a uniform. that's their narrative and the egyptian media are sticking to it. >> our global village voices now on the journalism coming out of egypt. >> the media has always been biased, whether the muslim brotherhood polishing their image or now with the military. i think despite the large number of news outlets in egypt, the news content is so poor, the slightest attempt of getting that content to be better gets
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>> time now news bights. in syria, two spanish journalists of freed, but the circumstances of their captivity and what led to their release are unclear. an monday, the middle east bureau chief and the reporter returned to madrid. they are taken while trying leave jair. their captors identified as members of the islamic state of iraq initially kept their kidnapping you should wraps. in a press conference, the pair said they could not provide details of their ordeal, how they came to be freed or whether any ransom was paid. >> syria remains the most dangerous place in the world to be a reporter according to research. at least 53 media workers were
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kidnapped there last year. >> sounds like payback time in turkey after the prime minister won most of the elections. in a speech right after the vote, he vowed revenge on his hidden enemies including those in the news media. >> we will enter their layer, he said. they will pay the price. >> he filed legal complaints against newspaper with ties to a muslim cleric and political rival of the prim prime ministe. among those named are the paper's editor in chief and a columnist both accused of mocking air to one on twitter pap third journalist has been clapped with a legal complaint and faces a travel ban. before the election, a fourth journalist was arrested after he appeared on t.v. alleging that the turkish
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government was planning a strike on syria. an audio file that have meeting at the foreign ministry was later leaked on line. he was targeted presumably over his reporting. on march 8, a t.v. talk show host was on his way home when his car was sprayed with gunfire. he escaped with minor injuries, however his driver was killed. >> tweeting after the incident, he said he had been dreading this day, the fifth attack against the express media group over the past eight months but authorities in pakistan have yet to make an arrest. three employees of the express tribune newspaper were shot dead. the pakistani taliban claimed responsibility, accusing the news organization of spreading anti taliban propaganda. that led to the he had door issuing a new set of editorial guidelines saying that coverage of militant groups had to be
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toned down. >> back in 1991, cnn made television news history with its coverage of the first gulf war. the satellite age arrived and it transformed television news. it took live coverage into the heart of a conflict and could devote 24 hours a day to it. the idea of a scheduled news broadcast at 6:00 or 10:00 seemed outdated. fast forward and satellite age has given way to digital. news junkies can use social media and thor phones to feed addictions instantly, faster and sometimes better than any t.v. choose channel can. the 24 hour format does have its flaws, too much opinion, not enough journalism, more talk than news gathering. still there are more news channels from beijing to moscow to paris, all realizing they could provide them a soft pedal push. now on where the t.v. news business finds itself today.
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>> the 24 hour news business depends on the fundamental premise, that news is always happening, that it's frequently breaking. every once in a while, a story comes along that exposes that as a fall see. >> a plane is missing. >> two weeks of air time to fill. one brought in a psychic. >> i don't have hard concrete evidence. i think any psychic who has can't do their job correctly, because they get misinformed and they'll just work on what they know, so i tend to work off what
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i don't know. >> it wasn't a high point of the iconic news organization. 24 hour t.v. news came of age during the first gulf war in 1991. cnn provided live coverage around the clock. its impact on the news industry was dubbed the cnn effect. >> cnn out of atlanta and the united states very quickly more and more global channels followed. suddenly news could be on air 24 hours a day, seven days a week. that meant there was no longer a daily news cycle that you had to sit down at the set to find out what happened. suddenly news could be in there day in, day out at any time of the day or night. >> when there's a big event, 24/7 news owns it. if there's a massive event, everybody goes to 24/7 news. that's not their problem. the problem is in between the big events.
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on the whole, they don't have anything to say that's relevant to enough people's lives. >> you want to tell me all of this will vanish in a few years time? i don't think so. a structured news bulletin with what is accurate or not, setting priorities and agenda, making sense of the world, put in context together in one structured program will stay. you might receive it on line, you might have a device at home which has television but has other things, as well, but 24 hour news will continue for sure. >> sounding the death knell say it's economically outdated by social media industries. >> social media's revolutionized but the public engage with news and information. they can access it quickly. it's very democratic, they can
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express opinions, share information between themselves and if you get around the media organizations that have traditionally been gate keepers, that's why it is revolutionary just as in their time, the 24 hour news cycle was revolutionary. >> now it is merely outpoured by the new media. this is very personalized. that gives the potential for the rise of the citizen journalism. they are equipped with digital media and mobile technologies, but they can actually get engaged with the event very, very easily and then they can upload, disseminate and send it globally. >> twitter and facebook are indicators of news that's happening. now, what people use really, they go to twitter and they know that there is for example a coup d'etat somewhere. what is the next thing they do?
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they go to a website, either television, radio or newspaper, which is structured, organizational to make sense of what's happening. >> when there is nothing happening, news is not breaking, that is where the cracks in the 24/7 news format begin to show. >> plenty here, none of it news. >> last july, reporters camped outside a london hospital. >> game on, this is the moment everyone's been waiting for. >> they were awaiting the birth of a royal baby. >> behind me, the most watched doors in the world. >> 1bbc reporter decided to tell it like it is. >> until then, we're going to be speculating about this world birth with no facts. >> the only thing worse than speculation about a light and frothy news story is speculation about a serious one, like the
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boston marathon bombing. >> i was told that one of these sources who is a law enforcement official that this was a dark skinned male. >> dropped on air with few facts, cnn reporters broke a cardinal rule, just make sure you get it right. then there was a jarring moment with msnby, a congresswoman speaking about the nsa surveillance program was cut off mid sentence with news that just couldn't wait. >> let me interrupt one congresswoman, let me interrupt you for a moment. we've got breaking news out of miami. stand by, if you will. right now in miami, justin bieber has been arrested on a number of charges. the judge is reading the charges. >> despite those kinds of shortcomings and competition on the web, the 24 hour t.v. news business remains a growth industry. over the past decade, there have been been a slew of new
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sponsored channels. there's this one and bbc who launched satellite channels in arabic. >> recently increased investment on the 24 hour news channels. >> over the next hour, we will introduce you to china's new leader. >> all the way chinese government would like to create public opinion and improve china's images through those channels and they can control this media outlet. they have increased the censorship of social media, but at the same time, they increase the power of the mass media. >> why would any country spend so much money on a network if it wasn't an extension of their national interest? >> aljazeera is at its heart an extension of qatar foreign
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policy, the same for genesis and cnn spanish. if you want influence, you've got to be on t.v. >> despite the flaws inherent to the format, the falling ratings and all that fast paced competition on line, people still turn to 24 hour t.v. news and they watch even stories like this one. i am the top of the world... >> now they drive to live >> everyone should drive a cab in new york city once. >> finding peace, security and success. >> you can work, you can do anything you want to. >> hop in as these courageous drivers take you on an inspiring journey. >> you don't like this country, get the hell out of here. >> driven an america tonight special series and don't miss the premiere of borderland, a ground breaking television event on al jazeera america >> now inroducing, the new al jazeea america mobile news app.
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>> with 24 hour news and the challenges it faces. in the early 1990's, cnn didn't have to compete with a satirical news broadcast from australia that we featured before. the rap group clap rated with a russian news channel after one of the anchors made news last month when she criticized president putin over crimea. rap news takes a run at western news media and their coverage of the showdown in ukraine. this is called crimea media war games and we've made it our web video of the week. >> using free speech on the
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kremlin news. crimea international. i'm just telling it like i see it from my own view, last time i checked, that's what journalists were supposed to do. >> we'll see you next time on the listening post. >> entire media culture is driven by something that's very very fast... >> there has been a lack of fact based, in depth, serious journalism, and we fill that void... >> there is a huge opportunity for al jazeera america to change the way people look at news. >> we just don't parachute in on a story...quickly talk to a couple of experts and leave... >> one producer may spend 3 or 4 months, digging into a single story... >> at al jazeera, there are resources to alow us as journalists to go in depth and produce the kind of films... the people that you don't see anywhere else on television. >> we intend to reach out to the people who aren't being heard. >>we wanna see the people who are actually effected
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by the news of the day... >> it's digging deeper it's asking that second, that third question, finding that person no one spoken to yet... >> you can't tell the stories of the people if you don't get their voices out there, and al jazeera america is doing just that. >> welcome to al jazeera america live from new york city, i'm morgan radford with a look at today's top stories. >> in the days, weeks and possibly months ahead, there may be leads such as the one i'm reporting to you this morning on a regular basis. >> possible pings in the south indian ocean driving the latest search for that missing malaysia airlines flight 370 that disappeared one month ago today. >> memorials held for those today in the

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