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Power Beyond Scrutiny: Media, Justice and Accountability

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ISBN: 9780745332918    Publisher: Pluto Press Year of publishing: 2013     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 256        
Power Beyond Scrutiny uncovers the forces which distort and limit public debate in the media. From the misuse of politicians' expenses to recent phone hacking scandals, establishment corruption has never...Read more
Power Beyond Scrutiny uncovers the forces which distort and limit public debate in the media. From the misuse of politicians' expenses to recent phone hacking scandals, establishment corruption has never been more in the headlines. Yet amidst the din there have been seismic silences. Justin Schlosberg interrogates these silences - why did a plea bargain which allowed Britain's biggest arms company to escape bribery prosecution go almost entirely unchallenged in television news? Why did journalists routinely endorse the official explanation of how intelligence analyst David Kelly died, whilst all but ignoring mounting evidence which undermined it? Why, in 2010, did broadcasters offer an unchallenged platform to critics of Wikileaks but not its supporters? These are some of the questions and imbalances that Schlosberg seeks to address as he explains the nature of public debate in the digital age. In doing so he uncovers a range of news blockages that are more than just accidents of a fragmented, chaotic mediascape. They are ultimately ideological forces which ensure that contestability and dissent remain within definable limits.
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About the author: Justin Schlosberg
Justin Schlosberg is a media activist, researcher and lecturer in Journalism and Media Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London.

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Review:
A book by one of the new generation's rising stars that examines the forces that limit investigative journalism. It will be as absorbing and revelatory for general readers interested in politics as...Read more
A book by one of the new generation's rising stars that examines the forces that limit investigative journalism. It will be as absorbing and revelatory for general readers interested in politics as it will be for journalism students and academics. -- Professor James Curran, Goldsmiths, University of London An illuminating and deeply disturbing book. Schlosberg reveals that much of what we believe and admire about the media's role in exposing corruption and confronting authority is a dangerous illusion. -- Phillip Knightley, author and journalist
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