Taking Back the News
Slovakia's Outcasts by Julie Denesha"I wanted to put a human face on who these people are, because they live in these ghettos, these rural settlements, and people really don’t have to see them. Even though people look down on them, they’re still sort of invisible."
Your Future With Depleted Uranium by Pauline RigbyBased in Australia, Pauline Rigby researches the nuclear industry and its impact on communities. She has tried to get the information she has discovered into the Australian media, but found rejection at every turn. This provoked her to publish a pocket-sized research guide on uranium to inform the community. Debates currently being played out in the Australian media on uranium mining may have omitted some of the following information. Surely it is the role of the media to bring forth information from both sides, so an informed public can make a decision on this issue
The Nuclear Route by Tim GeorgesonIt seems like a plot from a science fiction or horror movie. The United States transports almost 140 kilograms of one of the world’s most dangerous substances, weapons-grade plutonium, enough material for nearly 20 atomic bombs and numerous dirty bombs, across the country. That material is then shipped across the Atlantic Ocean in British ships to the north of France where it is trucked a thousand kilometers to a nuclear facility in the south of the country. It’s a script that probably would not be greenlighted by any film studio because it’s too improbable. However, it is a scenario that has been approved by the United States, Britain and France, and it already happened.
David and the Modern Goliath by David BradburyBetter to light one candle than curse the darkness —Frontline films motto True to his name, David is not afraid to face goliath issues in order to make a difference. For the last 25 years he has fought to expose injustices and inequalities. From covert operations by the CIA against the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, to potential environmental disasters in Australia, David has gone to the frontline to tell the story. Big corporations and governments do not endorse his films; they are just too confronting to be good business. Unwilling to be silenced, David hosts films nights and sells his films online to raise awareness and pay back those who have lent a hand. Father of four, his driving force is a belief that a better future is possible by taking action today. Story by Marisol Da Silva
G'Day and Good Luck by Scott Parkin Peace Activist and backpacker Scott Parkin was removed from Australia on the 15th of September 2005. This occurred three months before the revised Sedition Laws were passed in the senate. The Australian Government removed Scott on the grounds of his presence being ‘a threat to national security’. Scott has yet to be charged with any crime, and incriminating media reports have since been withdrawn. This article is a personal account of his removal.
Cronulla 2005 by Andrew QuiltyAustralia, a society with a deeply racist past, has absorbed dozens of diverse cultures peacefully. The beach and the way of life it represents are central to this. -John Pilger These photographs were shot by Andrew Quilty in Cronulla on Sunday the 11th December, 2005. Quilty asks, “…if Australia is indeed a multicultural society, it begs the question, are we a tolerant one?”
Freedom of the Press in the New Australian Security State by Chris NashThis article reviews the implications for the freedom of the Australian press in light of the anti-terrorism legislation that has been introduced by Australian State and Federal governments since September 2001. It focuses on the secrecy and disclosure provisions, and argues that they will have a marked chilling effect on the role of journalists in examining and reporting on the activities of government; first by prohibiting the publication of certain sorts of information, and, more importantly, by attempting to make the press a de facto arm of the security forces in dealing with certain sections of the community. This effect of the legislation fundamentally impairs freedom of political communication including freedom of the press, and may not survive even Australia’s limited constitutional protection of such freedom, though it will certainly override the limited parliamentary protections of human rights. It suggests that the only serious legal protection would flow from an effective, constitutionally entrenched Bill of Rights defining and protecting inter alia freedom of information, communication and the press.
Social Cleansing by Victor James BlueBlue began reporting from Guatemala in 2001, five years after the end of the thirty-six year civil war. Although the killings have a visible presence in the Guatemalan media, the issue remains largely invisible. This media tactic ensures that social cleansing retains a media presence that, ironically, facilitates a silencing of its own people. These stories are being reported, but not investigated. "I am trying to create a body of work that will document life in Guatemala in ‘peace’ but ask why, at times, it still seems like war."
Brief Snapshot Of The World
Iraq Social Clubs by Scott NelsonNelson takes us inside two of Baghdad’s social clubs, the Hunting club and the Alwiyah club. Clubs like these act as an escape from daily living in the so-called post-war Iraq. Originally only accessible to the elite Baath party, they are now open to anyone who can afford the $600 annual membership. Although the clubs are still beyond the means of most Iraqis, these images reveal the existence of a quieter side of life. They offer a break from the continuous graphic imagery of war and chaos that is echoed through our mainstream media’s news coverage. But I hope they do more than just offer us some relief. I suspect they destroy the stereotype, or single dimensional perspective of the war that is portrayed in the media. These images show us a complex society that is rapidly stratifying, and portray people who are not dissimilar to ourselves. In short, they normalise and humanise a situation that is portrayed, for government and business interests, as otherwise.
Kashmir by Amy VitaleKashmir, nestled in the Himalayan region between India and Pakistan, was once a popular tourist destination for Mughal Emperors, annual Indian pilgrimages and British colonialists alike. Ami Vitale, being herself spell-bound on a visit to its summer capital of Srinagar, began photographing its now fragmented society in 2001 after she moved to India. "It is poetry there and there is no way of describing it. Yet, the most beautiful people and pristine environment are juxtaposed against a conflict, which has eroded much that once defined Kashmir. When I was there at least six people died everyday, and it was rarely in the international press." "It is not about making pretty pictures but about giving a voice to people who very often are ignored. It’s about telling their stories so that we all realise how connected we are."
Taxi! by Glenn Lockitch"For the past three years I have photographed passengers in my taxi. I drive at night between sunset and sunrise. Along the journey I explored a little into their lives and the reasons for them catching the taxi. A twelve-hour taxi shift telescopes a variety of characters and situations that would normally be experienced over a much longer period of time by the average person.:"
The Rock Churches of Lalibela by Warren ClarkeOne of the hardest decisions to make as an editor or photographer is ‘what story should I be telling?’ So often we are the conveyers of bad news and in a very convincing way we have the ability to make the world 
appear worse than it really is. In the following series Warren Clarke has shown us a glimpse into a warm and peaceful festival from a continent with a track record of producing stories of tragedy and horror. "My view on working as a freelance photojournalist is to leave the coverage of wars and catastrophes to the relevant agencies, papers and magazines, where the hordes seem to trip over each other getting there. I find it claustrophobic working in an environment with other photographers working for magazines and agencies who have better resources."
Interview with Noam Chomsky by Andrea JumaraNoam Chomsky has been asking this question for more than half a century. His political activism dispels our illusions and urges us not to surrender our basic rights simply to maintain a false sense of security. ‘Nobody is going to pour truth into your brain,’ he tells us. ‘Its something you have to find out for yourself.’ "It’s very easy to believe what’s convenient to believe."
Shadowlands by Jan GrarupJan Grarup’s photography is a reminder to us all that there are people who have been forgotten. People who have lived through the horrors of war, conflict and disasters, and who have been left behind to struggle for their survival. "The images represent my attempt to keep the stories of these people alive, and to show that behind the news stories we see every day, those who live and die in the middle of conflicts and catastrophes are real people who do not merely deserve our sympathy, but demand our attention."
Nepal by Philip BlenkinsopPhotographer Philip Blenkinsop has spent much of the last decade documenting the Asian experience. Leaving The Australian newspaper in 1988, he traded his car for a Leica and moved to Thailand to work as a freelancer in places very different from downtown Sydney. He emerged from what he describes as “riding a storm”, with enough publishing support to have the stories of the disempowered in Asia heard. "People tend to think your responsibility as a photographer is to your readers and the people who are buying the magazine. But of course it’s not. Your responsibility is to the people you are photographing. " "It is an honour to give a voice to people, and to bear that responsibility, but it is also a challenge. Because you realise that you are responsible for people’s lives "

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