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thibodeau, louisiana. >> i am morgan radford, thanks so much for watching, listening post is up next. >> hello, i'm richard gizbert and i'm at the "listening post." this week the story is changing in chile. 40 years after the coup that brought augusto pinochet to power, the chilean media tell the story in a different way. it was said to be wrong to support the regime in that country. norway gives birth to a new kind of television. will slow tv catch on anywhere else? if you like the idea of
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an attack on syria - the kick starter campaign is our video of the week. >> here at the "listening post" we use the media was a lens through shown. >> we do that with chile, which marked the 4th anniversary of the leftist president salvador allende. anverse ris rarely receive that much attention in the chilean media. this year is different. mainstream outlets released a dell uj, talking about what what be shown about the coup and the 18 year dictatorship under augusto pinochet. >> at a time when institutions like the judiciary asked for forgiveness for failure to protect the per cent cuted, some of the media --
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persecuted, some of the media asked for forgiveness, apart from the oldest media, funded by the cia, who was funded to take down salvador allende: now to september 11th - 9/11. >> the last words chileans ever heard from their president salvador allende were these... >> general augusto pinochet's military called the bombings - operation silence. the effect was lasting, going beyond the two stations. the
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chilean media were silenced and would stay that way for almost two decades of >> >> translation: those of us that lived in chile at the time faced the reality of daily life - the censorship, history which had been taken over by the media. all the tv channels were controlled by the dictatorship. >> >> translation: those supportive of the government that were not supportive of the government were closed. newspapers and other media could continue to publish. there was a lot of self-censorship to prevent people learning what was going on, definitely. >> >> translation: it was like a kind of scits freenia, a kind of bipolar era. we lived in harsh times. the media showed a country that
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did not exist, apart from in the imaginations of those in power. >> chile, which had been a model latin america democracy since 1981 lived through a nightmare. 32 opponents of the regime were killed or disappeared. an estimated 28,000 were arrested. there was systematic torture, one study put the number of chileans who fled the regime at 200,000 or 2% of the population. when augusto pinochet stepped aside in 1991, replaced by a civil government, he maintained control of the military. his shadow loomed over the country and the adjournists. >> it was like nothing happened. there was almost denial. human rights was almost in the past tense, historic historical. people did not want to disclose even they they
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had freedom. >> translation: in the "90s telling the truth was complicated. augusto pinochet was no longer president but was the head of the military and had a huge amount of power and was clear on reported. >> in 1998 augusto pinochet became billing international news when put under house arrest in london it will. his lawyers helped get him back to chile, where he spent his final years fighting attempts to prosecute him, until his death in 2006. even then the chilean media covered his legal case, but failed to properly investigate what happened under his rule. now, on the 4th anniversary of the -- 40 th anniversary of the coup, it's like the gloves have come up.
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this series "the forbidden images" using photographs gathered by foreign media - producers tracked down some victims, getting them to tell their stories. this woman was burned alive by a military patrol and left for dead. >> translation: we interviewed her in the same place she was burnt alive. it was an intense moment. listening to her testimony, and the fact that the crime was covered up. we showed images that had never been shown on public tv before. >> the forbidden images that are coming out are significant bus this time we are putting together the written history. nothing else. it was covered by the media. in fact, if there was a commission - people don't
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believe what they read or listened. their english is poor. >> the media challenged the officials they once feared. >> the former head of the chilean secret police was grilled over one inphamous detention center described in a government report as a torture center, where hundreds disappeared. he denied what chileans have long known, that there have been some soul-searching among chilean institutions. the journalists union apologised for its members failing to do their job. >> still, the country's biggest conservative paper, which was founded by the cia to destablilize the democratically elected salvador allende government showed no contrition for that
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or failed journalism that followed. a columnist outlined the paper's position when challenged on that. . >> we have known for years that the united states sent money to the opposition, to salvador allende, in order to get them to fight the leftist government. this has been singled out as a recipient of the money. they are defended because the money helped the newspaper to survive, because it was threatened under the government. >> chile is living with the legacy of the augusto pinochet years.
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it will take more than the coverage of this anniversary to get the audience back. things are changing. 40 years after the coup, 23 years after the return to democracy - chile's media outlets are finally coming in from the cold. >> >> translation: this anniversary the media let memory flood through. programs on major channels are having a huge impact. there's another generation in charge here - a generation that has lost its fear. >> just to be able to defend the title for once will be awesome, and i've done so well here the past few times i've played, getting to the semis or finals. it's been really, really exciting. i'm happy that i've been able to consistently do well here.
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>> australian cricket captain michael clarke led his team to victory against england, scoring his first tonne. england were bowled out for 227 in pursuit of australia score of 315/7. >> and now take a look at this young man who has more than a few expectations to live up to. this is argen tendulkar son of sachi, in his father the highest run scorer.
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time for "listening post"
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news bites. staying in south america - the continent's largest media organisation apologised for the role it played in brazil's military dictatorship, after being called out in a series of protests. they published an editorial admitting support for the military dictatorship that ruled the country from 1964 to 1985. global support the dictator shch. the wave of protest on the street gave us certainty that it error. >> the admission by globo 50 years after the coup comes against a backdrop of protests starting three months ago. those taking part in the marches accused globo as portraying the protesters in a bad light. syria - a positive development.
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a correspondent for the italian daily newspaper and a belgium writer have been released after 5 months in captivity. the pair entered syria in april and went missing after days. they said they were taken by rebel fighters and handed over to islamist bandits. they suffered badly at the hands of their cap tors, including mock execution. cpg puts the number of media workers abducted in syria over the past year as 24. 14 journalists are missing. an aggressive media campaign occurred this past week. president obama gave interviews to six media networks. cnn, pbs, fox, nbc, abc - he clarified where his administration stood.
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pbs aired an interview been charlie rose and bashar al-assad, in which the president denied the use of chemical weapons. you can add another name over making sensitive documents public. barich brown who wrote for handcuffing tonne post and van itty -- huffington post and van itty fair. he made reports available from a hacking firm. a texas court hearing the case issued a gag order preventing the defendant from making statements to the media in fear of naebleing him not to have a free trial.
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>> he posted a link, in a chat room - two documents that were available on the internet. >> norway is a country that gets relatively little media coverage. the elections passed without drama. that's the norwegian media in a nutshell - not much drama. a few years back nrk, the public tv channel, broadcast live coverage of a 7 hour train ride. a train rolling down the tracks. norwegians, more than a million, according to the ratings, loved it. a new kind of reality tv show was born, going against all the rules of tv engagement. there is no story line, no script, no drama, no climax and is called slow tv. for the past two months norwegians have been watching a cruise ship's journey up the coast - and there's a lot of fog on the cost. executives at the broadcasting service are thinking about
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broadcasting a knight of knitting. on the surface it sounds boring - because it is. something about the tv experiment has fascinated norwegians. viewers may find some of the images in the following report - disappointing. we sent our reporter. % >> it's a common value in contemporary television, that it needs to be built on narrative. >> which means you need some kind of a conflict. happy. >> and you need a development to that conflict. hopefully, you know, a climax that is punchy, and then a resolution and something that is clear and concise and engaging and has an art to it. % >> unless you are in norway where people tune in to watch a ferry ride that lasts all
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summer. minute by minute, second by second, broadcast live. this is slow tv - a motion, a new television fad where - well - nothing much happens, really. >> hoping to see nothing happen. like this night we had quite heavy fog for three hours. i think it's boring, but boring in a nice way. of course, you see mountains you see people waving, because - because this is live, people are coming in the boats. they are waving. >> filming a boat is not a great philosophical achievement. it can be many things. we are just sitting back and watching nature come at you. and moving past your window. effect.
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>> slow tv is a way of getting back to the more calmness. you don't have the shouting that programs. >> you can walk to and from the kitchen, you don't really miss anything. it's there. the same thing is happening when you come back to the tv and take another look. it's just nature passing by most of the time. >> it's there. it's even. it's like water. it's like the weather. it's like the mountains. it just flow, it's just there. >> well, it is slow, and it's kind of weird. there's something about it. something about a break from the world that we live in today - the world of fast-breaking new, of ak sellerated information, facebook, twitter, a media world gone silly. when we want to slow down, we can rarely think
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of television slowing down with us, unless you are in norway, where people gather around the tv set to wind down, as opposed to being wound up. and that not only begs the question about what why it's happening, but why it's happening here. >> slow tv started as a crazy idea in our tv department in bergen. put the camera in front of a train and just transmit the whole journey. then everybody thought, "that's crazy, we can't do that." we did it, just to try. we thought originally that maybe this would be the biggest interactive form, but suddenly we discovered that people watched it, the whole journey. hundreds of thousands of people watched the journey from start to end. >> i do not think they sat with post-modern analytical
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frame of mind saying, "what can we do with the reaction to this culture that we are surrounded with? how can we give people peace of mind, med tags? ". >> it wasn't that at all. it's pain fully boring. it's beautiful, but this is absolutely nothing. this has no meaning. no meaning." there's a site. it's a grown-up job, head of the department, head of slow tv. he goes to work in the morning thinking slow things. >> not so fast. for many this man is pure genius. thomas helum is a brain behind a long-haul, very popular tv snooze fest. there was an 18 hour long
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broadcast of salmon swimming up stream and a 7-hour train ride broadcast live and the riveting 30-hour long interview. norway's public broadcaster may be at the avant guard of weird and wonderful tv, but they have a formula to keep the ratings up and costs down. >> this is very, very cheap, if you count up the numbers of minutes produced tv. it's very, very cheap. like the smal we have a house on our back -- like the snail we have a house on our back. we eat and sleep on board. the time we are at work we make television. we don't drive a van from place to place. we don't use much time going up and down. we use the time to produce actually hours of tv. >> there's a lot of crews, a lot of time, man hours going into this. that could have been spent on
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producing actual content, which is, of course, another debate that we have in norway, because denmark, sweden are producing high-quality drama, and we want that as well. but as slow tv is so wrong -- if it is so wrong, why do the norwegians feel it's right. it's not the first time we see screen saver tv in action. there are channels in america whose sole purpose is to show a log fire burn in christmas. in norway they have gone overboard. this year they broadcast a log burning. 1 million viewers were gripped - that's 25% of the population. >> it's something magical. we found that when we transmitted the log fire. >> my daughters say when they
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find me in front of slow tv. they find is intolerable. it hurts their accelerated heads. i pay no attention to them. i keep on floating with the logs. >> what's next - we'll see how we go. that's all i have an real money. victoria azarenko
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finally, media all over the syria. for those in favour of some kind of military action the u.s. based comedy group second city
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network is telling them to put their money where their mouths are, through an internet phenomenon known as crowd funding. they placed a fake add asking americans to donate called americans for whatever president obama wants, and are asking for $1.6 trillion. the pitch - help start world war iii has half a million hits. it's the web video of the week. >> hi, i'm steve. >> i'm irene. >> i'm leesa. . >> i'm tom m. >> i'm a graphic designer. . >> college professor. >> i'm like you. . supporter. >> i support pam ax. >> the president needs your help. our president can't launch into a war without you. when we voted this 2008-2012, we promised to support him. together we can do it.
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>> that's why we here at the americans for whatever president obama wants - did you know he's friends with j zee have launched a kick starter campaign to fund world war iii.
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millions who need assistance now. we appreciate you spending time with us tonight. up next is the golden age of hollywood going golden but elsewhere. why l.a.'s mayor has declared a state of emergency for the entertainment industry there. next.
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>> sending the syrian chemical weapons deal to the world, the u.s. secretary of state heads for his first stop, israel. the patients the is really army won't talk about the syrians being treated in israeli hospitals. ♪ ♪ hello and welcome i am stephen cole in doha with the world news from al jazerra also head. >> reporter: reporting from the city in southern philippines where fill bean government forces continue to battle it out with national liberation front fighters. >> washed out in the western u.s. hundreds of people


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