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Latest update : 2012-04-23

Do social media dumb down the political debate?

MEDIAWATCH, Fri. 20/4/2012: As the French presidential election campaign draws to a close, we take a look at how social media has been used and misused by politicians and the public. Do the viral video and the hashtag contribute to a dumbing down of the discourse?

By James CREEDON

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2017-06-21 refugees

Online reactions to World Refugee Day 2017

The refugee crisis is as bad now as it has ever been, with 65.5 million people being displaced globally over the last year, mostly in conflict-related scenarios. We take a look...

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2017-06-19 Emmanuel Macron

Macron's Majority

MediaWatch takes a look at reactions to Emmanuel Macron’s latest political triumph, securing a parliamentary majority for his party. We also look at reactions to the attack on...

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2017-06-16 London

London tower block tragedy: The political fallout

MediaWatch takes a look at the political fallout from the London tower block tragedy. PM Theresa May’s response has been widely criticised, with some predicting it could lead to...

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2017-06-14 Morocco

Growing social tensions in Morocco are backdrop to Macron's visit

We take a look at buzz surrounding Emmanuel Macron's first visit to Morocco since his election. Many in civil society are taking the opportunity to draw the French president's...

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2017-06-12 French Legislative Elections 2017

The bitter, bad losers of the French legislative elections

We look at the bad losers of France's legislative elections, including one MP who told his electorate they make him "vomit" after he was defeated in the first round of voting. In...

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