Articles by Jake Lynch

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STRUCTURE AND AGENCY
Jake Lynch, 1 Feb 2009

“The winds of change are blowing through American media”. So say the enterprising campaigners for peace and social justice at Avaaz.org, an independent not-for-profit organisation with offices in six countries. Avaaz means ‘voice’, in many languages, and their team “works to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people inform global decision-making”. Like […]

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PROMISING SIGNS?
Jake Lynch, 25 Jan 2009

The incoming Obama Administration is making some promising noises on both nuclear weapons and relations with Iran. It’s a notable breach with previous US political discourse that a world free of nuclear weapons is back on the agenda at all, even as a distant dream. During the Democratic and Republican conventions, which anointed Obama and […]

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SYMPTOMS AND CAUSES
Jake Lynch, 21 Jan 2009

One of my students is establishing herself as a freelance journalist in Sydney and helping to pay the bills by filling in, now and again, with shifts on the switchboard at one of the main television channels here. Since Israel’s assault on Gaza began, she relates, “the phones have been hot during the news with […]

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OPERATION CAST LEAD: MILITARISM AGAINST HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE RULE OF LAW
Jake Lynch, 10 Jan 2009

“Israel is America’s unsinkable battleship in the Middle East”. So said Caspar Weinberger, US Secretary of Defense under President Ronald Reagan. And, as the imprisoned population of Gaza is pounded by F-16 jets, M109 self-propelled Howitzers and the latest American-made white phosphorous artillery shells, it’s difficult to miss the proxy character of the offensive against […]

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THE MIDDLE-CLASS COMMENTARIAT
Jake Lynch, 30 Dec 2008

The middle-class hegemony in British journalism makes itself felt when journalists themselves are put in the uncomfortable position of seeing their own futures on the line. This was never more evident than in the Andrew Gilligan affair of 2003-4. In the immediate aftermath of the invasion of Iraq, officials in the UK, in particular, were […]

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CONFRONTING THE RACISM OF ENOCH POWELL
Jake Lynch, 16 Dec 2008

In the Media Education Foundation film, Race: the Floating Signifier, Stuart Hall discusses the cultural processes whereby differences of appearance come to stand for the natural or biological qualities of human beings. Race is a “discursive construct”, he argues, whose meaning can never be fixed. One of the key arenas of contestation and negotiation over […]

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DEBATES IN JOURNALISM TRAINING
Jake Lynch, 11 Dec 2008

Amman, Jordan, 1999, and my first experience of peace journalism training. Reporters, and one or two editors, from Israel, Palestine and Egypt came to join their Jordanian counterparts for the second instalment of a program titled ‘Telling About The Other’, funded by the official Danish aid agency, DANIDA and run by an NGO, also from […]

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INEQUALITY: THE NEW (OLD) DYNAMIC OF CONFLICT
Jake Lynch, 6 Dec 2008

I started teaching the first ever peace journalism university course in October 2000, just days after the outbreak of what became known as the ‘Al-Aqsa Intifada’. The blanket media coverage of ‘clashes’ between Israelis and Palestinians afforded a rich source of material for students to get their teeth into, with the characteristic patterns of omission […]

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HOW REAL IS REAL?
Jake Lynch, 28 Nov 2008

Can you imagine being caught up in the attack on the Indian city of Mumbai? If so, how? What images do you summon to your mind’s eye, and where do they come from? Such an ordeal is, thankfully for most of us, far removed from personal or social experience. It is, to use a vogue […]

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INTERVENTION OR COMPLICITY?
Jake Lynch, 22 Nov 2008

What are we going to do about Somalia? A question, seemingly, now pushing its way up the agenda of foreign and defence ministries concerned at the antics of ‘pirates’, who recently added a tanker of Saudi oil to a haul already including a shipment of Russian tanks. They constitute a ‘threat to global trade and […]

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WHAT IS PEACE JOURNALISM?
Jake Lynch, 13 Nov 2008

This is the first of a series of weekly columns, exclusive to TMS, by Jake Lynch. Jake is Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney. Before that, he spent nearly twenty years in journalism, including spells as a newsreader and presenter for BBC World television, […]

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