Scrutinising the media: Fake news, censorship, and war

    November 04, 2018 13:00
    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Lincoln, Lincoln

    This event will engage the public in discussion and debate about journalistic objectivity in traditional and social media. The aim is to raise public awareness of the techniques used by the media in order to condition public opinion, particularly with respect to war, so that citizens might make better informed judgments about the news they consume.

    The event will be centred on the topical concept of ‘fake news’ and will explore how that concept is being used to legitimise censorship. Attention will be drawn to the online censorship campaign currently being waged by Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Wikipedia. The media’s role in legitimising US/UK military intervention in Syria will be explored, as will attempts by mainstream news sources to close down any challenge to the official narrative. The case of Julian Assange and its implications for free speech and liberal values will be discussed and debated.

    Speakers will include David Hughes (University of Lincoln), Piers Robinson (Sheffield University) and Julie Hyland (Deputy National Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party). David Hughes is the event organiser and Senior Lecturer for International Relations at the University of Lincoln; Piers Robinson is a member of the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda, and Media; and Julie Hyland campaigns against internet censorship on behalf of the World Socialist Web Site.

    There will be four 45-minute sessions, each beginning on the hour, with a 15-minute interval between each session. Where possible, members of the public are asked to arrive or leave during the intervals so as to minimise disruption.

    The speaker will talk for the first part of each session, then there will be an opportunity for audience members to ask questions, make comments, and further the discussion. The public’s voice will be very important to this event, which seeks to uphold the principle of free speech. Admission is free, and teas, coffees and pastries will provided during the intervals.

    This event is part of the UK wide Festival of Social Science.

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