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Public Places, Private AgendasScott Mackinnon speaks to Clive Hamilton, Antony Lowenstein, and Eric Beecher about the state of the Australian media.
John Pilger - ‘Liberating’ Afghanistan“As the first bombs fell, President Bush spoke to his victims from the oval office: ‘The oppressed people of Afghanistan will know the generosity of America…The United States is a friend of the Afghan People’.” John Pilger reports from a war torn Kabul and questions the ‘liberation’ of Afghanistan.
Salim Amin A24 When you consider the words, ‘Africa’ and ‘news’ you think of famine, war, corruption and genocide and why wouldn’t you? The majority of new items about Africa that reach the west are predominantly negative. It is true that Africa has sometimes faced overwhelming challenges. It is also true that Africa is a continent rich in culture, traditions and history, replete with positive stories that no one is talking about. Until now. Kalo Fainu speaks to Salim Amin, CEO of Camera Pix and chair of the new African news channel A24, about why he is committed to telling the other side of Africa’s stories.
David Hicks - Five Years Without Trial, Except by Media“Let’s get this straight. In 1998, David Hicks signs up to train with a US-backed group, gets snapped posing ineptly with an unloaded, borrowed weapon on his first day, never gets anywhere near a fight, and is back home in Salisbury, South Australia, six weeks after he left. Three years later, referencing another conflict in another country, every editor worth his salt plasters an altered version of this shot next to their ‘Soldiers of Blue Terror’ stories”. Alan Johnston analyses The Australian’s coverage of the ‘David Hicks’ story in Australia.
Community Media Matters: an interview with Michael Meadows“People feel empowered as individuals, empowered as groups, and empowered in the sense that they are now taking a greater part in the democratic process of Australia, which they see as being eroded by anti-terrorism laws and legislative restrictions” - Michael Meadows What does it mean to be part of a community? Is community media necessary? Marisol Da Silva speaks to Michael Meadows about the potential of community media to empower individuals and provide a diverse alternative to commercially driven mass media.
Edward Herman: an InterviewEdward Herman is one of the world’s most influential, progressive media critics; which begs the question, why is it so few people have even heard of his name? The uncontroversial answer is simply that his radical expositions on the contemporary mediascape risk inciting his readers into claiming what is rightfully theirs, a democratic media. So the Australian PhotoJournalist has taken the opportunity to rekindle this discussion, by publishing something the mainstream media seems incapable of – an interview with Edward Herman.
Daily Life by Ahmad Masood'I want the viewers to know that we (Afghans) are all the same people with all the same qualities. Difficult circumstances can bring out the good and the bad sides of people. In Afghanistan we also breathe the same air, walk on the same earth, become hungry, and desire a peaceful life, just the same as the rest of the world. It seems that if the men have beards and turbans, and if the women wear burqa’s, then this is not just a choice of dress; it is a negative story. The world should already know this and the Western media should explain this much better than they do. This is where the Western media falls short; they think everything is perfect if it is the same as the West.’
Self-Immolation by Stephanie SinclairA rose is held up to the face of Rokhshana Rahimi who was near death at the Herat Public Hospital. Rokhshana set herself on fire when her husband, who left her to go to Iran fourteen years earlier, demanded she return to him. She died in the hospital from her wounds.
Child Brides by Stephanie SinclairThe girls in Sinclair’s story are the child brides of Afghanistan who are forced into marriage from ages as young as six years old. They do not enjoy the luxury of childhood pastimes like playing games and attending school. Instead, once they are married they clean, cook, wait on the men, and mind the children of the other wives.
Women by Paula BronsteinPaula Bronstein photographed Women during numerous visits to Afghanistan from 2001 to 2004, and her skill and privileged access emphatically give much deserved and needed respect to her subjects.
Banned by James ReeveJames Reeve’s series Banned is a positive look at Afghanistan sans Taliban rule. Reeve has photographed unvarnished liberties, like female schooling, as well as simple pleasures, such as bird-keeping, which, with the lifting of harsher religious restrictions, are once again available to the people. The extreme Islamic ethos of the Taliban meant that many apparently harmless and everyday activities could no longer be enjoyed and their proscription was systematically enforced with draconian punishments, including beatings, amputations and even executions.
War in Afghanistan by Stephen Dupont Stephen Dupont has been reporting from Afghanistan for fifteen years. Unlike most of the western media, he has not forgotten this country, or its stories. His time behind the scenes while embedded with US troops gives a glimpse into an under-reported, or perhaps mis-reported war. In a sense Dupont’s images unmask the commercial media’s representation of a liberated Afghanistan. This story was shot in 2005, four years after war was declared, and four years after images of Afghanistan’s ‘liberation’ from the Taliban were beamed into our homes.
30 Years of Photography by Peter Turnley 'The one thing that is always clear in my mind is that the people, their stories, and the themes of life I encounter and witness…are always more important than the process of photography itself.' For the last thirty years, Peter Turnley has photographed nearly every major news event across the world. From famine to war, the fall of the Berlin wall, or the streets of Paris, Turnley describes his photography as ‘…putting things together, a sort of web, a notion of what life looks like and what life is all about’.
Violence in Southern Thailand by Masaru Goto‘…the conflict in Southern Thailand is not one many journalists have covered. People are killed everyday, but there is no justice at all.’ Masaru Goto has nineteen years experience photographing human rights and social issues in Southeast Asia and South America. He has participated in numerous campaigns for human rights and social issues, and his reportage has been featured internationally.
Whanau Gathering by Tony ReddropTony Reddrop’s photo essay, Whanau Gathering, is also his own story. The people in the images are his extended family, related to each other by Maori ancestry. Quietly, and intimately, he visually explores relationships inherent in family and often intensified at such a reunion as the Whanau Gathering.
Portraitscapes of War by Rita Leistner 'The idea for shooting Portraitscapes was something that evolved over a few weeks in Lebanon during the war and then really came together after the ceasefire. The destruction was so widespread that I think there was a risk of it becoming mundane to photographers. But it wasn’t mundane at all – it was shocking. I photographed landscapes of destruction and…also portraits of people after the fact – formal, straight portraits, which I lit almost as if the landscape were a studio. When subjects have had time to compose themselves and are active participants in the photograph (by facing the camera) your ability to identify with them…is greatly, incredibly increased.'
Impossible Accidents by Robert KnothFor the last seven years, Knoth and journalist Antoinette de Jong have been investigating first hand the consequences of a litany of nuclear ‘accidents’ for people living in Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Belarus, the Urals and Siberia. Knoth and de Jong reveal portraits and testimonies of families living in these areas that are suffering from all manner of cancers and rare diseases. Doctors described witnessing the rise of foetal mutation and congenital illnesses, such as hydrocephalus. Knoth’s work talks of a young girl’s battle with uterine cancer, of others crippled with growth abnormalities, and of a grandfather’s despair of the loss of his lineage and extended family to cancer.
An Unlikely Hero by Kari Rene HallWhile covering a police raid in 1996, photographer Kari René Hall discovered the Ha’ Penny Inn, a run down, seedy and often violent motel that was home to drug dealers, prostitutes and, sadly, families. One of its cockroach‑infested rooms was occupied by Henry Guiliante, his girlfriend Michelle Harig, and their four children.

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