The Daily Mirror Sues a Source From Whom It Stole a Story – Jonathan Coad

29 07 2016

Daily Mirror front page- Tulisa and Danny SimpsonThe Court of Appeal gave judgment on 26 July 2016 in a case which the Mirror is suing a young single mother called Stephanie Ward from which whom it stole a story which the paper then published as an “exclusive” on its front page. Read the rest of this entry »





Digital Economy Bill: new offences for the disclosure of information and the risk to journalists – Dan Tench

26 07 2016

commons_floor-460In the recent weeks of political furore, readers may have missed the publication on 5 July of the Digital Economy Bill.  The Bill contains a ragbag of provisions from controlling access to online pornography to regulation of the BBC. Read the rest of this entry »





Brexit and the Tragic Downfall of British Media – Steven Barnett

9 07 2016

Newspapers BrexitThere is a conceit among many senior editors in the U.K. that Britain has “the best journalism in the world.” At its best, certainly, British journalism is very good indeed. From the sober analysis of the Financial Times and the Economist to the tub-thumping of the tabloid press to the BBC’s worldwide reputation for accuracy and impartiality, the British public has access to a healthy mixture of domestic, foreign, and investigative reporting. On many occasions, democracy has been well served by journalists here who make important stories accessible and hold power to account. Read the rest of this entry »





Tony Blair took Britain to war in 2003: but most of Fleet Street marched with him – John Jewell

7 07 2016

Tony BlairWhen, in October 2015, Tony Blair apologised for the use of “wrong” intelligence in the run up to the 2003 Iraq war, his contrition was qualified. Speaking to Fareed Zakaria on CNN, the former prime minister also said: “I also apologise for some of the mistakes in planning and, certainly, our mistake in our understanding of what would happen once you removed the regime”. Read the rest of this entry »





Brexit and the Newspapers, Where was IPSO – Hacked Off

6 07 2016

900-no-go-areasMost independent commentators have slammed a number of the big newspapers for misleading the public on the referendum, with the New Statesman going so far as trying to explain ‘how the Brexit campaign lied to us – and got away with it’. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Salihu v. Sweden, Criminal conviction for purchasing illegal firearm as a form of ‘check it out’ journalism upheld – Dirk Voorhoof and Daniel Simons

6 07 2016

ExpressenInvestigative journalism sometimes operates at the limits of the law. This is especially true of what could be called ‘check it out’ journalism: reporting in which a journalist tests how effective a law or procedure is by attempting to circumvent it. A recent decision shows that those who commit (minor) offences during this type of newsgathering activity cannot count on (major) support from the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). Read the rest of this entry »





Did the UK’s newspapers swing it for Brexit? – Jonathan Heawood

30 06 2016

sun-queen-backs-brexitOn the face of it, democracy is the ultimate self-regulatory system. Don’t like your government? Elect a new one. Don’t like the European Union? Vote to leave. The people have their say, and our institutions are forced to listen. But this does not mean that democracy is a free-for-all. Without rules, the odds would be stacked in favour of the most powerful players and the loudest voices. Freedom for the pike would be death for the minnows. Read the rest of this entry »








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