Monthly Archives: February 2012

Patrick Stewart speaks out in the Amnesty ‘Stop violence against women’ campaign

People involved in the communications business are often lazily branded as nothing but ‘spin’ merchants. Whether we like it or not, there are many good reasons for believing this.   However communications specialists also play a vital role in democracies, delivering important public information messages and  promoting positive social change using powerful and effective communications strategies.  THIS IS MOST DEFINIITELY ONE OF THEM !

“Our house was small, and when you grow up with domestic violence in a confined space you learn to gauge, very precisely, the temperature of situations. I knew exactly when the shouting was done and a hand was about to be raised – I also knew exactly when to insert a small body between the fist and her face, a skill no child should ever have to learn. Curiously, I never felt fear for myself and he never struck me, an odd moral imposition that would not allow him to strike a child. The situation was barely tolerable: I witnessed terrible things, which I knew were wrong, but there was nowhere to go for help. Worse, there were those who condoned the abuse. I heard police or ambulancemen, standing in our house, say, “She must have provoked him,” or, “Mrs Stewart, it takes two to make a fight.” They had no idea. The truth is my mother did nothing to deserve the violence she endured. She did not provoke my father, and even if she had, violence is an unacceptable way of dealing with conflict. Violence is a choice a man makes and he alone is responsible for it.” Patrick Stewart

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Media Diversity conference raised many interesting issues

The Media Diversity conference held on 6th February raised a number of interesting issues.

Nessa Childers MEP, Minister for Communicatons Pat Rabbitte TD and Bronwen Maher

The conference Media Diversity: Why does it matter? which was organised by Ireland East Labour MEP, Nessa Childers was aimed at exploring the implications for traditional notions of democratic accountability and journalistic independence given the emergence and dominance of multi-national media corporations.

Primacy of Competition laws and a  failure to regulate is having detrimental effect on workers’ conditions and freedom of the press.

A survey carried out by Nessa Childer’s office showed d that  77% of journalists believe media diversity is at risk due to trends in media ownership. One fifth (20.3%) say media owners have editorial influence on their work, and interestingly, almost half believe growth of internet protects media diversity while  61% agreed that regulation in Ireland’s print media is needed.

An interesting conference agenda included: Media ownership in the European Union: trends and regulation;  Media ownership and Ireland; Media Diversity – A Condition of Democracy?; Murdoch Unmasked – Are the Moguls in Decline? and New Media, New Voices?.

Speakers included Nessa Childers MEP; Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte TD; Financial Times contributing editor John Lloyd and author of ‘What the Media are doing to our politics’, Professor Brian Cathcart of Kingston University, London and founder member of ‘Hacked Off’; Séamus Dooley, secretary of the National Union of Journalists, Press ombudsman Professor John Horgan,  Dr, Alpha Kerr, Dept of Sociology Maynooth and Dr Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, Cardiff University, among others.