BBC and the European Scrutiny Committee, Scrutinising the Scrutineers: Part 3 – Julian Petley

25 04 2015

EU ParliamentUK media coverage of EU issues is frequently superficial and plagued by basic errors. The BBC, and others, must work to change this.  Part 1  of this post was published on 17 April 2015 and Part 2 on 19 April 2015. Read the rest of this entry »





BBC and the European Scrutiny Committee: Scrutinising the Scrutineers, Part 2 – Julian Petley

19 04 2015

Jacob Rees-MoggInfuriated by the BBC’s lack of coverage of its work, The European Scrutiny committee is at the centre of a discussion about the ‘limits’ of the corporation’s independence.  Part 1  of this post was published on 17 April 2015. Read the rest of this entry »





BBC and the European Scrutiny Committee: Scrutinising the Scrutineers, Part 1 – Julian Petley

17 04 2015

EU CommissionThe European Scrutiny Committee has locked horns with the BBC, repeatedly accusing it of a pro-EU bias. Is the corporation’s editorial independence under threat?  Read the rest of this entry »





Book Review: “Hack Attack”, The alliance of silence – Julian Petley

14 09 2014

Nick-Davies-giving-eviden-007According to most  British newspapers, the Leveson Inquiry was a complete waste of time and money, based on the false premise that in 2002  News of the World employees deleted messages on Milly Dowler’s phone  by hacking into it, thereby cruelly giving her parents the impression that she was still alive. Read the rest of this entry »





Interview: Julian Petley, Press Freedom, Press Regulation and the Public Interest

26 08 2014

Julian-Petley-Film-and-TVJulian Petley, one of the most prominent campaigners for media freedom in the UK, kindly agreed to answer some questions from Simon Dawes on phone-hacking, the Snowden leaks, the fallout from the Leveson Inquiry, and IPSO, the new self-regulatory body for the press. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking, So they think it’s all over – Julian Petley

24 07 2014

Phone Hacking VerdictsEntirely predictably, the verdicts in the hacking trial were taken by most British papers as confirmation that the whole three-year process from the Leveson Inquiry to Scotland Yard’s Operation Weeting to the trial itself had been both a colossal waste of public funds and a draconian threat to press freedom. Read the rest of this entry »





The State Journalism is in: Edward Snowden and the British Press, Part 3 – Julian Petley

8 05 2014

Snowden and GuardianThe third, and overarching theme in the press campaign against the Guardian and on behalf of the government is national security. Read the rest of this entry »








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