Richard Nixon’s authoritarian loathing of the media lives on in Donald Trump – Randall J. Stephens

23 02 2017

When things go wrong for the president, his administration in crisis mode and his approval rating down to a weekly average of 41%, he turns to the press, anger in his eyes. He pleads, cajoles, or mocks. That could describe either Donald J. Trump or Richard M. Nixon. Two men who needed the media and courted its favour, but who can’t and couldn’t resist denouncing and vilifying it in the harshest terms. Read the rest of this entry »





Murdoch’s access to British prime minister shows media power still in hands of the few – Des Freedman and Justin Schlosberg

8 02 2017

In 1996, when the web was in its infancy, the American technology writer Nicholas Negroponte predicted that the coming digital revolution would facilitate a “cottage industry of information and entertainment providers”. Read the rest of this entry »





Media Reform Coalition: Murdoch’s lobbying efforts are increasing, new analysis finds

6 02 2017

murdoch-may-1Analysis by Media Reform Coalition and 38 Degrees suggests that Murdoch’s lobbying of government intensified ahead of the recent government consultation on the Leveson Inquiry and the announcement by Murdoch’s renewed bid to take over Sky. Read the rest of this entry »





Catalogue of Cyberleagle’s Posts on Government Surveillance, 2013-2016

17 01 2017

gchq1For over two years Cyberleagle has been blogging on surveillance, a topic that cuckoo-like has grown to crowd out most other IT and internet law topics on the blog. Read the rest of this entry »





Where press regulation is concerned, we’re already being fed ‘post-truth’ journalism – Brian Cathcart

4 01 2017

fleet-streetThe Times newspaper greeted the start of 2017 by warning: “The freedom of the press is under direct and immediate threat.” Its Murdoch stablemate, The Sun, went further by identifying the “sinister zealots behind regulators [who] want to destroy the popular press”. Read the rest of this entry »





Implementing Leveson: “FreeThePress” another dishonest anti-Leveson campaign – Hacked Off

3 01 2017

presentation1-1The corporate press has, in recent weeks, been heavily promoting an anti-Leveson campaign called “FreeThePress”.  This is described by the News Media Association as a group of “Free speech campaigners and activists concerned about the threat to press freedom”. The website was set up by the Trotskyists-turned-libertarians of “Spiked” magazine but provides no details as to its members or supporters and appears to be financed by the newspapers. Read the rest of this entry »





How the UK passed the most invasive surveillance law in democratic history – Paul Bernal

25 11 2016

image-20161123-19696-167r7twYou might not have noticed thanks to world events, but the UK parliament recently approved the government’s so-called Snooper’s Charter and it will soon become law. This nickname for the Investigatory Powers Bill is well earned. Read the rest of this entry »