MediaWatch is our take on the stories big and bizarre in newspapers, on news websites, blogs and on social media. We also look at stories about how the media functions and how it’s evolving in today’s society. Presented by James Creedon, tune in at 8.45 pm and 10.22 pm Paris time.
MEDIAWATCH: In less than the US legislature geared up to impose far-reaching anti-piracy legislation on the web which was quickly met with a 24-hour internet "blackout" supported by big-name sites like Wikipedia and to top it all off one of the top file-sharing websites in the world, MegaUpload, was shut down. In response, online "hacktivists" Anonymous targeted key government websites around the world. Is this the beginning of "World War Web"?
MEDIAWATCH, Thurs. 19/1/2012: Speculation about what really happened on the Costa Cocordia last weekend continues. How much were Costa Cruises bosses aware of? Has the captain of the stricken vessel been scapegoated?
MEDIAWATCH, Wed, 18/1/2012: Wikipedia and other prominent websites in the US shut down operations for 24 hours to protest against anti-piracy laws they feel could limit freedom of expression. Also, are French children better behaved?
MEDIAWATCH, Tues. 17/1/2012: We take a look at reaction to the Costa Concordia captain's apparent abandonment of ship long before his panicked passengers were delivered to safety. Also, British Airways falsely announces a crash landing on a Miami-Heathrow flight. Finally, divisions emerge in North Korea's Kim dynasty.
MEDIAWATCH FRANCE, Mon. 16/1/2011: A French short film imagines a future where, as with the credit rating of countries, the "social utility" of human beings could be prescribed and downgraded. Also, French Defence Minister Gérard Longuet likens François Hollande to the captain of the stricken Costa Concordia cruise ship. Finally, today is "Blue Monday" according to some - is it really the grimmest day of the year, or just "churnalism"?