Why licensing journalists won’t end the scourge of ‘fake news’ – Christopher Waddell

19 07 2017

File 20170712 19642 u1ay9iShould journalists be licensed? The Conversation Canada commissioned two articles to argue for and against the idea. The counterpoint of this argument – putting the arguments on the other side – was published yesterday. Read the rest of this entry »





We regulate doctors to protect the public from harm: why not journalists? – David Maslove,

18 07 2017

File 20170630 18613 67f68cShould journalists be licensed? The Conversation Canada commissioned two articles to argue for and against the idea. The counterpoint of this argument – putting the arguments on the other side – will be published tomorrow. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Satakunnan Markkinapörssi Oy and Satamedia Oy v. Finland, No journalism exception for massive exposure of personal taxation data – Dirk Voorhoof

6 07 2017

After long proceedings at national level, a preliminary ruling by the CJEU on 16 December 2008 (Case C-73/07), and after the Court of Human Rights Chamber judgment of 21 July 2015, the Grand Chamber on 27 June 2017 finally found no violation of the right to freedom of expression and information in Satakunnan Markkinapörssi Oy and Satamedia Oy v. Finland. Read the rest of this entry »





Daily Mail vs The Guardian: why did editor Paul Dacre lose his rag? – Steven Barnett

24 06 2017
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“Words have consequences. They lead to actions.” So wrote Peter Oborne, the maverick right-leaning Daily Mail columnist about the shocking events in north London recently when a white van deliberately ran into a crowd of Muslims outside a mosque, killing one and injuring several others. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: what is public interest journalism? – Andrea Carson

15 06 2017

Public interest journalism could be considered the antithesis of media’s darker side, which includes fake news, propaganda, censorship and voyeurism. The outcomes of public interest reporting can expose corruption, launch royal commissions, remove improper politicians from office, and jail wrongdoers. Read the rest of this entry »





The election wot The Sun (and the rest of the UK tabloids) never won – James Rodgers

11 06 2017

Britain’s tabloid press is by turns rude, cruel, and funny. To politicians, it is often all three. As voters in the UK went to the polls on June 8, the newsstands offered strong support for Theresa May – and a picture of Jeremy Corbyn in a dustbin. Read the rest of this entry »





The Terror News Cycle – Des Freedman

27 05 2017

On the BBC’s Today programme on Tuesday some nine hours after the horror of the Manchester bombing, Nick Robinson was speaking to Chris Phillips, a counter-terrorism expert. ‘Terrorists don’t care who they kill,’ Phillips said. ‘It’s the number of bodybags that determines success.’ ‘And the publicity,’ Robinson interjected. ‘And the publicity,’ Phillips agreed. Read the rest of this entry »