How the horror of war gets lost in the media’s short compassion cycle –

26 08 2016

image-20160822-18702-ce5d0jFew images have captured the peculiar horrors of the war in Syria more powerfully than the photograph and short video that emerged recently showing five-year-old Omran Daqneesh sitting in an ambulance after being rescued from the aftermath of an airstrike in Aleppo. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: When punitive media intrude on the courts’ role, can justice be served? – David Brown

20 08 2016

“In my opinion the publication of these egregious articles warrants the imposition of a sentence that takes account of Ms Wran’s continuing exposure to risk of custodial retribution, the unavoidable spectre of enduring damage to her reputation and an impeded recovery from her ongoing mental health and drug-related problems”. Read the rest of this entry »





Mirror, mirror on the wall; will this press arbitration scheme do any good at all? – Amber Melville-Brown

11 08 2016

Leveson ReportOnce upon a time, a long, long time ago, there was an investigation into press behaviour. Sir Brian Leveson heard from witnesses, tale upon tale of poor press conduct, and ultimately issued a plethora of sensible recommendations for press regulation with a view to ensure that the watchdog and bloodhound of society that is the press, could no longer savage the rights and reputations of the public. Read the rest of this entry »





Decline of the English Sex Scandal: why you can never get a good sex scandal these days (with apologies to George Orwell) – Charlotte Harris

10 08 2016

Sunday-News-of-the-World-006It is a Sunday afternoon –you put your feet up on the sofa and open the Sun on Sunday. What is it that you want to read about? Naturally – about a sex scandal. But what kind? Read the rest of this entry »





Facing a hostile press, Jeremy Corbyn can’t win: he could at least try – Justin Lewis

9 08 2016

image-20160804-505-1ixjth2It is a fact of British life that leaders of the Labour Party have the disadvantage of dealing with a fiercely partisan press with an in-built Conservative bias. But, according to two research reports from the London School of Economics and Birkbeck College/Media Reform Coalition, this antipathy has reached new levels of vitriol. Read the rest of this entry »





Regional newspapers are starving to death but can local journalism survive? – John Jewell

5 08 2016

Local NewspapersIn October 2015, at a cost of £220m, Trinity Mirror, the parent company of Mirror newspapers and the Sunday People, took complete control of Local World – publisher of around 100 local newspaper titles. Read the rest of this entry »





Inforrm is taking a Summer Break

1 08 2016

summerThe Inforrm blog is taking a summer break until the end of September. We thank all our readers and contributors who have supported us over the past year.  Posting will continue over the summer but will not be as regular as normal.   Read the rest of this entry »








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