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 »





Select Committee Inquiry into “Fake News”: Submissions invited (but perhaps not in relation to newspapers)

18 02 2017

imagevaulthandler-aspxOn 30 January 2017, the House of Commons Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport launched an inquiry into the phenomenon of “fake news” and invited submissions from members of the public.  The deadline for submissions is 3 March 2017. Read the rest of this entry »





How has media policy responded to fake news? – Emma Goodman

17 02 2017

fake-news-key-boardThe UK House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee recently  launched an inquiry into ‘fake news’ which the Committee chair describes as a “threat to democracy” that “undermines confidence in the media in general.” Read the rest of this entry »





Transparency Project: Family Court Reporting Watch – Weekly Round-Up, No. 14

16 02 2017

round-up-courtesy-flickr-lauri-heikkinen-1080x675The purpose of this update is to correct, clarify and comment on media reports of family court cases, to explain and comment on published Judgments of family cases and to highlight other transparency news. Read the rest of this entry »





Espionage and the Law Commission: a reasoned consultation paper which requires a reasoned response

14 02 2017

law-commission-response_0The Law Commission is an independent body – currently chaired by Lord Justice Bean – which examines the present state of the law in various areas and, after consultation, makes proposals for reform.  These are invariably carefully researched, well argued proposals – many of which are, unfortunately, ignored by Governments which do not treat law reform as a legislative priority. Read the rest of this entry »





‘Fake news’ highlights much bigger problems at play – Nani Jansen Reventlow and Andreas Reventlow

11 02 2017

fake_newsHardly a day goes by without another story on fake news. With the excessive coverage dedicated to it globally, you would think it is something new. But ‘fake news’ is not new and the ways we try to combat it only highlight our inadequacies in dealing with much bigger problems. Read the rest of this entry »





Transparency Project: Family Court Reporting Watch – Weekly Round-Up, No.13

10 02 2017

round-up-courtesy-flickr-lauri-heikkinen-1080x675The purpose of this update is to correct, clarify and comment on media reports of family court cases, to explain and comment on published Judgments of family cases and to highlight other transparency news.
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