The post-Brexit challenges for European media systems – Damian Tambini

29 11 2016

european-commission-building-flagsSince the Brexit vote, EU media policy has a new sense of urgency. It remains to be seen if member states will be more prepared to deepen media policy convergence in an attempt to protect fundamental values and rights, but last week DG Justice held a joint colloquium with DG CONNECT, discussing current challenges to media pluralism and media freedom. This is an extract from Damian Tambini’s Keynote speech to the colloquium. Read the rest of this entry »





Why the media got it so wrong on Trump and Brexit – Richard Sambrook

17 11 2016

trumpIn the aftermath of Donald Trump’s election, the US media has embarked on a flurry of self recrimination. Much of what they discuss applies equally to the UK media and the problems with news coverage of the EU referendum. Read the rest of this entry »





Enemies of the people: MPs and press gang up on the constitution over High Court Brexit ruling – Gavin Phillipson

4 11 2016

daily-mail-brexit-judges-front-pageSome of the reaction to the Article 50 judgment in the High Court is frankly frightening. Do pro-Brexit politicians and journalists attach any value at all to what we call the “rule of law” or the “independence of the judiciary”? Or are they out simply to bully the court’s judges and whip up hatred against them? Read the rest of this entry »





Brexit: Implications for Data Protection Law – Dan Tench

15 07 2016

data-protection-and-cyberFor months, data protection lawyers have been warning businesses in the UK to make preparations for the pending General Data Protection Regulation (the “Regulation”), due to come into force in May 2018. The Regulation provides for a ratcheting up of data protection obligations and a hefty new fining regime for breaches of these obligations of up to 4% of global turnover. Read the rest of this entry »





Brexit and the Media: A Fair Fight? – Damian Tambini

13 07 2016

SunA predictable ‘blame the media’ theme has surfaced following the Brexit vote. This has taken two forms that seem to contradict one another. On one hand, the vote to leave is seen by Natalie Fenton and others as a result of a classic newspaper-led campaign of propaganda, involving covert reciprocities between key personalities, unchallenged by the BBC which took the easy option of ‘balancing’ all opinions in mechanical impartiality, rather than serving the search for truth. Read the rest of this entry »





Brexit and the Tragic Downfall of British Media – Steven Barnett

9 07 2016

Newspapers BrexitThere is a conceit among many senior editors in the U.K. that Britain has “the best journalism in the world.” At its best, certainly, British journalism is very good indeed. From the sober analysis of the Financial Times and the Economist to the tub-thumping of the tabloid press to the BBC’s worldwide reputation for accuracy and impartiality, the British public has access to a healthy mixture of domestic, foreign, and investigative reporting. On many occasions, democracy has been well served by journalists here who make important stories accessible and hold power to account. Read the rest of this entry »





Will the Right to be Forgotten be just a Memory? – Ellis Schindler

8 07 2016

Screen-Shot-2016-07-04-at-13.57.50-300x135Following the recent EU referendum results, there will be any number of consequences facing the UK over the next few years as the Brexit looms. Not least is the mass of laws and regulations handed down to us by the EU that will need to be reviewed and adjusted accordingly. Read the rest of this entry »