Amid the jubilant celebrations enjoyed this morning, as Great Britain’s Olympic rowing team continued to build on their legacy of success, equally poignant and breathtaking albeit for different reasons, was London mayor Boris Johnson’s choice of guest at last nights Olympic swimming finals.
The facts are in. Over the last two decades, British media coverage of Islam and Muslims has been overwhelmingly negative, stereotypical, inaccurate – and racist
There it was again. The assumption that I have seen from so many politicians and media commentators that almost no-one outside the political world cares about what is happening at the Leveson inquiry. I think that this assumption is wrong. Worse than that, it is staggeringly, appallingly, dangerously wrong.
The corruption and hypocrisy which has come to characterise politics and politicians, and in particular the police highlights the widening chasm between the political class and the electorate.
The expenses scandal, the Leveson Inquiry, and now the revelation that the anti corruption unit of the Met is being investigated for-wait for it- corruption, all reinforce this [...]
The madness: it is still distorting reality, only the fever has abated somewhat and so it rumbles barely audibly like a malfunctioning subwoofer.
Blair rage. I never really got to the bottom of the psychological trauma, and much of it has now been redirected towards other targets: the “extreme right-wing policies” of the Coalition Government; the [...]
It is a watershed moment for press freedom and for freedom of speech in the UK. By the end of 2012, we could have pressed the reset button both to ensure British journalism represents the best in investigative and high quality reporting, and to strengthen freedom of speech and comment across the board. Or, if the wrong choices are made, 2012 could be the moment when British press freedom is curtailed and when wider freedom of speech and provocative scientific debate,online and off, is dampened and constrained.
Today was a sad day for journalists everywhere following the deaths of Sunday Times reporter Marie Colvin and French photojournalist Remi Ochlik. Their work represented the best in journalism and showed that there is still integrity among journalists.
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Is Richard Caseby making a sly joke? I only ask because it’s hard to explain his testimony to the Lords Communication Committee yesterday in any other way. I know the investigations there and in the Leveson inquiry into phone hacking is supposed to be deadly serious, and in the main it has been. But when Mr Caseby, managing editor of The Sun, used the phrase ‘sexing up’ to describe the Guardian’s reporting of the phone hacking affair, the resonance was so brazen that it couldn’t be explained any other way. He has to be kidding.
This summer the reputation of the British media reached a depressing nadir. The debilitating phone hacking scandal, centered on but certainly not confined to the News of the World, has seen our once proud industry of journalism plunged into crisis. The forthcoming revelations of the Leveson Inquiry are likely to compound the feeling of disdain held by much of the public towards our newspapers.
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