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The Disney Interactive Media office, located just 3 miles away from the Burbank studios, looks more like a newsroom than a division of a giant media corporation. There are several white boards (filled with scribbled plans and ideas), desks riddled with Disney swag and lots of young people typing away on laptops. And every day, at exactly 10 a.m., a group of about 50 or so employees gather around Michael Hundgen, director of content at Disney Interactive Media, for a "stand up" pitch style meeting. SEE ALSO: Disney presents'Star Wars,' 'As Told By Emoji' "The Alice Through the Looking Glass premiere is on Monday and we are planning a Facebook Live," said one employee. "Did anyone notice Corbin Bleu went to the High School Musical auditions yesterday?
The alleged mass incarceration of Uighur and other Turkic Muslim minorities - more than a million of them - in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region is a story the Chinese government does not want out there. For foreign journalists, reporting on it could mean a one-way ticket out of the country. Chinese journalists reporting on it have it worse: they could face threats, violence and in some cases prison sentences. The Chinese media echo their government's security narrative on this; that the measures are necessary given separatist movements in the area prone to violence. And the terminology can be telling.
On The Listening Post this week: Which came first? In seeking to explain the rise of far-right, anti-immigration movements in countries like Great Britain, many are asking what role the media have played: do such movements and the support that they attract drive media coverage - or is it the other way around? Do the news media, through excessive coverage, help manufacture that support? Take Tommy Robinson, a far-right agitator who calls himself a warrior for freedom of speech on issues such as migration. When he rails against the supposedly creeping influence of political Islam over UK society, it resonates with certain audiences.