By Huyen Nguyen
Both lectures from Sara Namusoga, Uganda, and Betty Tsakarestou, Greece for the International Mass Media class are loaded with facts and figures about their media systems. For this short entry, we ask them to provide us with one thing they like and one thing they dislike about the media at home.
According to Namusoga, a current PhD fellow and a former editor of the Ugandan Parliament and various online newspapers, the most interesting thing about Ugandan media is the creative public communication channels, such as the Minibuzz.
On the other hand, she dislikes the government's hiding information from the people. (Click to hear her voice)
Professor Tsakarestou, a senior lecturer at Panteion University, also said that she dislikes the practice of censorship, plus the irresponsibility of the media, plus the lack of local perspective.
However, she is very much interested in the op-ed articles and the use of social media as alternative channels. (Click to hear her voice)
Following are some great moments during the two scholars' presentations.
Ugandans trust government media more than the private media. @scrippsiij #susi2015 pic.twitter.com/jmHROl3vtC— Mary Rogus (@MTRogus) July 8, 2015
Uganda's state daily news paper do not allow to cover any news about Gays and lesbian. @snamso @scrippsiij— Govinda Pariyar (@gpariyar) July 8, 2015
#susi2015 scholar Betty Tskarestou lectures about media in her country, Greece. @scrippsiij #susi2015 pic.twitter.com/QIR4nqazTZ— Mary Rogus (@MTRogus) July 8, 2015
From Athens, Greece to Athens, OH US, Betty, a Greek scholar explains Greece in debt trap. @scrippsiij #SUSI2015 pic.twitter.com/NAPOsT9vYA— Bruce, Lui Ping Kuen (@brucelui) July 8, 2015
The media control the state and the state controls the media. It is a picture of mutual blackmail,Betty Tsakarestou #SUSI2015— Yusuf Kalyango (@scrippsiij) July 8, 2015