Book Review: “Hack Attack”, The alliance of silence – Julian Petley

14 09 2014

Nick-Davies-giving-eviden-007According to most  British newspapers, the Leveson Inquiry was a complete waste of time and money, based on the false premise that in 2002  News of the World employees deleted messages on Milly Dowler’s phone  by hacking into it, thereby cruelly giving her parents the impression that she was still alive. 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 »





Phone Hacking, So they think it’s all over – Julian Petley

24 07 2014

Phone Hacking VerdictsEntirely predictably, the verdicts in the hacking trial were taken by most British papers as confirmation that the whole three-year process from the Leveson Inquiry to Scotland Yard’s Operation Weeting to the trial itself had been both a colossal waste of public funds and a draconian threat to press freedom. 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 »





The State Journalism is in: Edward Snowden and the British Press, Part 2 – Julian Petley  

6 05 2014

Mail SnowdenThe first theme in the press campaign against the Guardian by and on behalf of the Government concerns pure and simple payback for the Guardian’s phone-hacking revelations and the resultant Leveson inquiry.

An early example occurs in a Mail article by Stephen Glover on 21 August 2013, headed ‘That Murky Arrest Troubles Me. But the Guardian’s in Murky Waters Where Those Who Love Their Country Should not Venture’. It concludes thus: Read the rest of this entry »





The State Journalism is in: Edward Snowden and the British Press, Part 1 – Julian Petley

3 05 2014

Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden is interviewedAt Prime Minister’s questions on 16 October 2013, the former Conservative Defence Secretary Liam Fox asked David Cameron: Read the rest of this entry »





Press Regulation: A Pantomime of Deceit and Disinformation – Julian Petley

17 12 2013

Press regulation dealBy rejecting the Royal Charter, the majority of the British press has  done exactly the opposite of what it claims it wants to achieve: keep  politicians out of press regulation…  On November 8, 2013, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) announced that it was sending an “unprecedented top-level press-freedom mission to the United Kingdom“. Read the rest of this entry »








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