Scrutinising the Media: Fake News, Censorship, and War

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  • Published date: October 17, 2018
    • Lincoln, United Kingdom

Scrutinising the Media: Fake News, Censorship, and War
ESRC Social Science Festival

Date: 4 November 2018
Time: 13:00 – 17:00
Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, Brayford Wharf North, Lincoln LN1 1YW
Contact: David Hughes (dhughes@lincoln.ac.uk)

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).

There will be four 45-minute sessions, each beginning on the hour, with a 15-minute interval between each session. Admission is free to members of the public, and teas, coffees and pastries will provided during the intervals.

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