Poppies, patriots and pro-Brexit propaganda: Revisiting the myths of Britain’s past – Julian Petley

18 08 2016

VerdunThis year marks the anniversary of the Battle of Verdun, which raged from 21 February to 18 December 1916. By the end of this terrible struggle, one of the longest and bloodiest battles of the First world war, some 143,000 German and 162,000 French soldiers had been killed. Read the rest of this entry »





Privacy and the Police: Damages of £75,000 for disclosure of private information – Nick McAleenan

16 08 2016

Female SilhouetteThe Greater Manchester Police agreed, last week, to pay damages of £75,000 to a victim of domestic abuse whose private information had been wrongly disclosed by police officers. Read the rest of this entry »





Global journalism needs global ethics – Christopher Kremmer

13 08 2016

image-20160725-31202-v1xb03There’s an old saying in journalism: “All news is local”. It means that news, wherever it comes from, needs to engage the interest of its local audience if it is to succeed. But read today’s paper, or turn to the nightly television news broadcast, or just check your phone right now, and it’s clear that things have changed. All news now has the potential to reach a global audience. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: C (A Child), Court of Appeal orders release of court judgment on Ellie Butler’s death – David Hart QC

12 08 2016

benbutler2106aThe case of C (A Child)  ([2016] EWCA Civ 798) is is the most recent in the long series of legal steps touching on the violent career of Ben Butler, recently convicted of the murder of his daughter, Ellie. 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 »








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