Hacked Off: Why we should be “furious” with the Daily Express – Rachel Baugh

31 08 2014

front-Daily-ExpressThe front page of The Daily Express on 27 August 2014  contained the headline “Fury Over Britain’s 2M Illegal Migrants”. Sensational headlines are not new but this particular story goes beyond mere sensation, and should deeply worry anyone who values basic journalism standards. Read the rest of this entry »





Interview: Julian Petley, Press Freedom, Press Regulation and the Public Interest

26 08 2014

Julian-Petley-Film-and-TVJulian Petley, one of the most prominent campaigners for media freedom in the UK, kindly agreed to answer some questions from Simon Dawes on phone-hacking, the Snowden leaks, the fallout from the Leveson Inquiry, and IPSO, the new self-regulatory body for the press. Read the rest of this entry »





Three key reasons why the Royal Charter is better for journalists than IPSO – Brian Cathcart

13 08 2014

newspaper+stand_0The Royal Charter on Self-Regulation of the Press was sealed on 30 October 2013.  It has widespread public and political support.  And, most importantly, it is better for journalists than the newspaper proprietors’ latest regulatory fig leaf, IPSO.  There are three key reasons for this. Read the rest of this entry »





“Hello, my name is The Daily Mail, and I twist your words” – Tom Rowland

12 08 2014

dr-kate-granger-620873092Read the excesses of parts of the British Press for long enough and one gets quite hardened to distortions, misreporting and twisting of the truth. Read the rest of this entry »





Other Dark Arts at the News of the World: The “Fake Sheikh” Investigated by Police Just Before the Phone Hacking Operation – Joe Public

5 08 2014

fakesheikh-390x285Scotland Yard investigated Fake Sheikh Mazher Mahmood 9 years ago – in 2005 just four months before they initiated a phone hacking investigation into his newspaper. Like Operation Caryatid, there isn’t a trace of a follow up or outcome despite the evidence that triggered the investigation being accepted in two courts. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Stichting Ostade Blade v Netherlands, The limits of the concept of “journalistic source” – Hugh Tomlinson QC

22 06 2014

516_thumbIn the case of Stichting Ostade Blade v Netherlands (App 8406/06, 27 May 2014) the Third Section of the Court of Human Rights held that an Article 10 application by a Dutch magazine arising out of a police raid was inadmissible.   Read the rest of this entry »





The State Journalism is in: Edward Snowden and the British Press, Part 3 – Julian Petley

8 05 2014

Snowden and GuardianThe third, and overarching theme in the press campaign against the Guardian and on behalf of the government is national security. Read the rest of this entry »








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