How the fearmongering “Sun” distorts its polls – Steven Barnett

24 11 2015

Sun Front Page JihadisYesterday’s front page headline in the Sun covers almost the entire page. Accompanied by a chilling photo of a knife-wielding “Jihadi John” in black balaclava, it proclaims “1 IN 5 BRIT MUSLIMS’ SYMPATHY FOR JIHADIS”. It is a lie. Even worse, it is a shameful distortion of its own polling data, consciously designed to fuel terror and distrust of Muslims. Read the rest of this entry »

Daily Mail reverts to type as media makes sense of Paris atrocities – John Jewell

22 11 2015

You can trust the Daily Mail to lead the race to the bottom and its coverage of the Paris terror attacks was no different. On November 17, while the world was still reeling from the atrocity in which 129 people died and hundreds more were injured, the paper carried a cartoon featuring imagery sickeningly evocative of 1930s anti-Jewish Nazi propaganda. Read the rest of this entry »

Holding the “sovereigns of cyberspace” accountable – Rebecca MacKinnon

20 11 2015

DigitalIn 2014, more than 213 million people around the world went online for the first time. According to Freedom House, which tracks trends in Internet freedom and openness around the world, these new users have less freedom to speak their minds, freely access information, and organise around civil, political, and religious interests than those who first logged on five years ago. Read the rest of this entry »

New Book: Celebrity and Royal Privacy, the Media and the Law – Robin Callender-Smith

4 11 2015

670075_LMy introduction to media law – back in 1966 – was not auspicious. I was about to complete my full-year pre-entry course for journalists, the second one ever to be run at Harlow Technical College in Essex. Then there were no university degrees or diplomas in journalism or media studies. Before Harlow, the three-year trade apprenticeship training for journalists involved correspondence courses and night school classes in shorthand, local government and newspaper law. Read the rest of this entry »

Free speech in the chiller as police pounce on journalists and academics – John Jewell

1 11 2015

image-20151030-16514-kescn8Two incidents have stressed the fragility of free speech in Britain in the face of police use of anti-terror legislation to seize materials from journalists and academics.  Read the rest of this entry »

Life and Death in the Sun Newsroom – Martin Hickman

29 10 2015

sunFleet Street is a closed world. National newspapers shape debate, make or break careers and alter the course of corporations and governments, but their newsrooms remain barred to outsiders. The news is public; how it is made is private. Read the rest of this entry »

Leveson Costs Incentives, Cries of Foul from the Dirtiest Players on the Pitch – Jonathan Coad

28 10 2015

Guy Black takes his seat in the House of LordsHowls of outrage from the press led by Lord Black have apparently persuaded the government to withdraw its statutory stick in the form the Crime and Courts Act 2013 which was passed by our elected representatives to prevail on the press belatedly to join the democratic community and be independently regulated. Read the rest of this entry »


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