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The Arab Spring
I am pleased to introduce this special issue on the theme of the Arab Spring and the Media. Dr. Diana Bossio and Dr. Saba Bebawi of Swinburne University have initiated and developed this special issue reaching out to academics and researchers involved in and committed to the issues.
The papers published emerged from a highly successful symposium organised by Diana and Saba held at Swinburne University in Melbourne in 2012. As noted in their editorial, the Arab Spring is an evolving phenomenon and these papers mark a particular reflection at a specific time and articulated from within an Australian context.
Thanks to all who assisted with this issue, the referees, the members of the editorial committee and especially to Diana and Saba for their interest in Global Media Journal (Australian Edition) Editorial
As we are writing this editorial, thousands of Egyptian men and women are protesting on the streets of Cairo, opposed to President Mohammad Morsi’s assumption of sweeping political power in the country’s draft constitution. The sometimes violent scenes – reminiscent of the protests that toppled Hosni Mubarak in February 2011 –are being played out across the world on computer screens, tablets and social media.
Revolutions occur on the street. They often pose the threat of violence and sanction to those who gather to call for political and social change. But revolutions also occur in the mind. Global recognition (and support) for the Egyptian, Libyan and Syrian people who want social and political change has also occurred through the dissemination of news and information. Journalists and other media practitioners have always been part of this process of ‘getting information out’, although now this process is changing. ...Guest Editorial
The Australian edition of Global Media Journal invites the submission of essays and research reports that focus on any aspects in the field of Communication, Media and Journalism. We are particularly interested in articles that explore some of the following themes:
A year after the Convergence Review recommendations were handed to the government – which included those made by the Finkelstein Independent Media Inquiry – the Gillard government decided to finally respond. The response was a very limited one given the voluminous discussion and recommendations of those far-reaching and important inquiries. The Convergence Review’s innovative proposal for shoring-up Australian content, based on the new category of service provider to be called ‘content services enterprises’, were ignored. The Finkelstein Inquiry’s recommendations for print media reform, similarly, were either ignored or highly modified.
Seven months out from an election, Senator Stephen Conroy, the Minister for Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy, announced the government’s response by media release on 12 March, 2013. ...more
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