Media

Isabel Tamoj

Lorenzo Dávalos
Lorenzo Dávalos

In this two-part essay, public policy expert Lorenzo Dávalos delves into the complicated relationship between media and government in Venezuela. This first installment digs into Chavez and later Maduro's campaign against independent and critical media, aiming to demonize dissenting voices in the country. Part two moves further into the grounding of this campaign and its direction toward a media hegemony in the country.

 

Flynn Heegyun Yang

Relative of a Sewol Ferry victim (Photo: AP)

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Shaun Randol

We're two episodes into the Situational Junta and it's clear that the original mission is starting to come true, but maybe not in the way the creators fully intended (though will no doubt embrace with enthusiasm). Two months ago the folks behind the Junta asked: what happens when artists are empowered on a large enough scale to disrupt the status quo?

The Mantle

We at The Mantle have provided a space for new and emerging voices from around the world since day one. That's our mission. Making this platform available is necessary if we are to ever substantially challenge the dominance of a choice few mainstream, corporate media conglomerates. Six corporations—GE, Newscorp, Disney, Viacom, Time Warner, and CBS—own and operate 90% of what Americans read, watch, and listen to.

Shaun Randol

Three Femen activists were sentenced to four months in jail for a topless protest in Tunisia. The action was held in support of fellow jailed activist Amina Tyler. 

Arie Amaya-Akkermans

In the introduction of a now classic textbook on video-art, Iranian artist Shirin Neshat writes back in 2005 that the biggest development since the appearance of video-art, has been that “artists are finally relieved of the task of making ‘objects’, and can now conceive their ideas in a way that becomes experiential..

Dorjee Cairang

Nearly a half a century ago in Vietnam, a photograph taken on a Saigon street shocked people around the world. At the center of the photo was a Vietnamese Buddhist monk sitting uptight in a lotus position; his entire body was engulfed by flames. This image reportedly prompted then President John F. Kennedy to reconsider his Vietnam policy.

Eskinder Nega

Imprisoned Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega shares this open letter he wrote to the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, which criticizes Zenawi's two decades of dictatorship. Though Zenawi died in August, one can read this letter as an alternative obituary on his rule and that of his rebel army-turned-ruling party: the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front. This essay is part of The Mantle's series Against Censorship.

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