#Europe agenda: “Spain moves to suspend Catalonia autonomy…

In Uncategorized on October 22, 2017 at 16:14

Meanwhile in Norway…

France–Germany relations across the ages

Catalonia crisis: Spain moves to suspend autonomy

Spain is to begin the process of imposing direct rule on Catalonia after a disputed independence vote.

EU summit begins with ultimatum day in Catalonia

Spain’s political showdown with Catalonia is set to reach a new level on Thursday (19 October) when political leaders in Madrid and Barcelona are expected to make good on pledges made to their supporters to stick to their tough positions over the region’s future.

Unionists v separatists

What are the views of Catalans on both sides of the argument?
Catalonia’s independence vote held on 1 October failed to meet the international standards to be considered as a referendum, the head of the international observation mission told on Wednesday (18 October).

Debate: Austria shifts to the right

The conservative ÖVP led by Sebastian Kurz scored a clear victory in Austria’s legislative elections on Sunday, garnering 31.4 percent of the vote. The right-wing populist FPÖ came second with 27.4 percent. Both parties gained around seven percentage points. Europe’s commentators analyse why the FPÖ’s strong showing hasn’t caused much of an outcry this time.
A clear majority of EU citizens now believe that EU membership is good for their country, according to a survey of how they view the EU and its institutions, released on Wednesday (18 October).

Why does Catalonia want independence?

Why is there a Catalan crisis? The answer is in its past, as Europe correspondent Gavin Lee explains.

Vía Erkan’s Field Diary


#Journalism agenda: “…need to understand misinformation through visuals

In Uncategorized on October 22, 2017 at 14:19

Following the London Westminster terrorist attack in March of this year, an image representing the strength and solidarity of Londoners emerged on Twitter. It’s not uncommon for workers on the London Underground to write messages of national unity on tube signs following tragic events, and the March terrorist attack seemed no different. The image proceeded to spread like wildfire, with TV personalitiesmembers of parliament, and the media quick to tweet out a photograph of a tube station sign displaying a ‘very British response to the attack’. Within a couple of hours, these tweets had been shared thousands of times. By noon, a member of Parliament had read out the sign, which Prime Minister Theresa May called a “wonderful tribute”.

Statistical diversity in US newsrooms

If a news organization wants to talk about the world in a fair way, it needs points of view from a group of people who are representative of said world. Otherwise, bias comes to play no matter how hard you try. Google Trends looks at the how different groups are represented in major news organizations across the country.

Not a revolution (yet): Data journalism hasn’t changed that much in 4 years, a new paper finds

When you hear the words “data journalism,” you also often hear words like “revolution” and “future.” But — according to a new paper that looks at a couple hundred international data journalism projects nominated for awards over four years — most of the journalism itself hasn’t changed as much as you’d think: It still mostly covers politics, it’s still labor-intensive and requires big teams, it’s still mostly done by newspapers, and it still primarily uses “pre-processed public data.”

The New York Times released new staff social media guidelines, so phew, thankfully that’s settled

Last night, in an event at George Washington University, New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet talked about his frustration with the social media profiles of some of the Times’ reporters and editors:

“I’ve spent full days policing our social media,” executive editor Dean Baquet said, adding that he’s called reporters personally. Baquet said his view is that Times journalists “should not be able to say anything on social media that they cannot say” in the pages of the Times or across its various platforms…Baquet said he wants it to be clear to the public that the paper’s motivation is “journalistically sound” and not part of “a vendetta” against the president. “I can’t do that if I have 100 people working for the New York Times sending inappropriate tweets,” he said. Baquet said the Times is “going to come up with a tougher policy.”

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Turkey welcomes the EU summit by detaining one of the most prominent civil society supporters in Turkey: Osman Kavala

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2017 at 23:42

Businessperson Kavala known with his NGO works, Kavala has been detained on his return from a meeting of a project planned to be realized in cooperation with Goethe Institute in Antep.
Businessperson Kavala known with his NGO works, has been detained on his return from a meeting of a project planned to be realized in cooperation with Goethe Institute in Antep.
EP Rapporteur for Turkey Kati Piri stated that she would propose in the European Parliament to launch an urgent call for release of Anadolu Kültür Board Chair Osman Kavala, who was taken into custody yesterday evening.
EU meeting in Brussels comes amid deteriorating relations and calls to freeze Ankara’s EU membership bid.

Ahead of summit, Turkey appeals for keeping the EU accession process alive

Turkey is determined to press on with its efforts to join the European Union despite tensions with the bloc, the government said yesterday (15 October) ahead of an EU summit which will discuss the frayed relations between Brussels and Ankara.

Vía Erkan’s Field Diary