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The Australian media’s Sunni-Shia problem

SBS, Fairfax and the Daily Mail have all quoted “prominent Shiite spokesman” Jamal Daoud. Problem is, Daoud is a Sunni. Freelance journalist Serkan Ozturk reports.

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iSentia index: G20 a mixed bag for PM, despite Modi magic

G20 coverage dominated the media this week, with PUP troubles providing local relief.

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As we chuckle at the ‘cali-fatties’, real questions remain unanswered

Western young men travelling to the Middle East to become jihadis is a serious problem that demands serious coverage. But all the tabloids care about it is jelly belly jihadis. Irfan Yusuf, lawyer, author and commentator, reports.

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Putin on the koalas: how the world’s media reported the G20

From India to Canada, China to Russia, Crikey intern Andrey Rodionov scour’s the world’s media for their take on Brisbane’s G20.

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News Corp increases its dominance as Fairfax circulation in freefall

It’s red everywhere, but Fairfax’s print circulation declines have been the deepest, ABC data reveals.

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iSentia Index: Defence pay, budget woes and a “tense” Putin-Abbott handshake

PUP Senator Jacqui Lambie dominated discussions this week as she agitated for a better defence force pay deal.

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Hacking, bribery fallout fells more Murdoch journos

There is bad news all round for Rupert Murdoch’s UK papers, with two journalists convicted of bribery and phone hacking, the “fake sheikh” under the microscope and The Sun’s sales falling to a 43-year-low.

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By the numbers: The Fin‘s divestment obsession

What’s the biggest story in the business world? It’s the ANU’s decision to divest from fossil fuel funds, which is bigger news than the Glencore/Rio merger … apparently. Tom Swann, research assistant at The Australia Institute, crunches the numbers.

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Public interest in the eye of the beholder in Spurr/Peris email leaks

New Matilda and the NT News have both published damaging stories based on personal emails in recent weeks. Views differ markedly on whether they were right to do so.

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iSentia index: budget negotiations drag on as voters lose interest

Even the most hardcore political junkies are tiring of the government’s dog-whistling on terrorism, asylum seekers and the budget.

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The ABC debate: game shows and drama not part of the ABC Act

Any debate about the future of the ABC has to take into account its charter — and nowhere does it say the national broadcaster must air drama, comedy, sport and game shows, writes Geoff Heriot, former chief of corporate planning and governance at the ABC.

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iSentia index: Ebola finally gets some attention in a slow week for politics

The death of Gough Whitlam sparked discussion in what had been an otherwise quiet week.

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A Fairfax bid for Ten would be corporate suicide

There is no upside to buying Channel Ten — the network is an absolute basket case, and it does not look like there is a way to turn things around.

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‘Bolt and News Corp want a pound of something’: defamation case kicks off

David Barrows, an accountant and recently graduated lawyer, is representing himself as he sues News Corp and Andrew Bolt. The case starts in Melbourne today.

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iSentia Index: grand finals over, but football slang takes over political discussion

Tony Abbott’s comments about Russian President Vladimir Putin managed to divert attention away from Labor’s take on national security laws.

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Oz v AFR: Why News Corp thinks it’s winning the battle for business readers

If Fairfax blinks, News Corp could corner a national monopoly on business news. Circulation figures show why The Australian has moved on the AFR’s turf.

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The Oz takes fight to the Fin (again) with beefed-up business section

The Australian is betting on business, with its new section designed to kick Fairfax’s Financial Review where it counts.

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Mayne’s guide to media company AGMs this season

With Peter Costello, Gina Rinehart and Kerry Stokes all entering the fray, it’s shaping up to be an AGM season of big personalities and even bigger corporate adjustments.

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On folk devils and the Oz‘s circle of confected outrage

The Australian is trying to whip up a moral panic against “activist journalists” and journalism academics. University of Canberra associate professor Glen Fuller explains why.

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Mayne: Gina Rinehart the wildcard at upcoming Fairfax AGM

Will Roger Corbett be staying on as chairman of the Fairfax board? Or more importantly: does Gina Rinehart want him to?

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iSentia index: burqas, budget woes and Russell Crowe

The NRL grand final proved to be a welcome distraction from the argy-bargy in parliament over burqas and Queensland.

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Postcard from Young, the ‘Muslim capital of the outback’

The Daily Telegraph has dubbed Young, NSW, the “Muslim capital of the outback”. But former Young Witness cadet Chloe Booker finds the reality is much more complex.

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Media briefs: Clare on community TV … Grey Lady cuts … ISIS began here? …

Labor doesn’t mind community TV being kicked off the airwaves — it just says they need more time. And other media tidbits of the day.

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iSentia index: terrorism, asylum seekers and George Clooney’s wedding

The marriage of the world’s (formerly) most eligible bachelor was light relief in a week of grim news.

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How News Corp’s pursuit of ASIO made life harder for journalists

Once upon a time News Corp was not an unquestioning cheerleader for the government. And its overreach led to the current overly restrictive national security legislation, explains lawyer and former government adviser Marcus Priest.

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