Accurate Reporting on Migrants is key to balanced debate – Michelle Gribbon

11 02 2016

Migrant ReportA study out last week calls on journalists to include more direct quotes from migrants when reporting on migration, claiming that: “quotations are important… because they highlight whether an individual has exerted an influence on the way in which the story has been shaped by the journalist.” But its call for balanced reporting assumes that all reporting is actually accurate in the first place. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Court of Appeal dismisses Media’s “Terror Trial” secrecy appeal

9 02 2016

Erol_IncedalThe Court of Appeal today dismissed an appeal brought by a number of media organisations against continuing restrictions on reporting the trial of Erol Incedal.  In a judgment given by Lord Thomas CJ, Guardian News And Media Ltd & Ors v R. & Incedal ([2016] EWCA Crim 11), the Court upheld reporting restrictions which had covered parts of the trial which were held in private. Read the rest of this entry »





Press urges Britain to ‘Keep calm and blame Europe’ – John Jewell

9 02 2016

Sun Dad's ArmyThe latest polls are telling us that the British public are moving in droves to the Brexit camp: YouGov has found that 45% would vote to leave the EU against 36% who would vote to stay while 19% declared themselves as “don’t knows”. As The (eurosceptic) Times put it: “Excluding the ‘don’t knows’, this means 56% want to leave while 44% want to remain.” Read the rest of this entry »





The Investigatory Powers Bill: A serious weakening of protections for journalism, Part 2 – Gill Phillips

23 12 2015

JournalistThis is the final part of a two part post.  Part 1 looked at the existing position under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.  This part will focus on the deficiencies in the Bill from a journalism perspective. Read the rest of this entry »





The Investigatory Powers Bill: A serious weakening of protections for journalism, Part 1 – Gill Phillips

23 12 2015

Investigatory Powers BillMuch has been written already and no doubt will continue to be written about the Investigatory Powers Bill.  It was presented to the House of Commons by the Home Secretary, Theresa May, in November and is currently at the committee stage. Read the rest of this entry »





Think you’re reading the news for free? New research shows you’re likely paying with your privacy – Tim Libert and Victor Pickard

4 12 2015

NewsYou may already know that every time you go online, your browsing history could be exposed to numerous advertisers and data brokers who then send you “targeted” advertisements.  Read the rest of this entry »





COP21: thanks to our sponsors, the climate debate is open for business – John Jewell

2 12 2015

The first thing that struck me about the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – helpfully shortened to COP21 – was its scale. During the fortnight 195 countries will be represented by their leaders, innumerable civil servants, lobby groups, industrial interests, environmental delegations and, of course, hundreds of journalists. Read the rest of this entry »








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