Professor Alastair Campbell’s second Cambridge lecture, delivered this afternoon, is just as interesting as his first. (Photograph by Oliver F Atkins of Richard Nixon leaving the White House after resigning in 1974: triumph for Woodward and Bernstein; disaster for journalism.)
Here is the full text:
A few years ago, Carl Bernstein and I shared a platform at [...]
The first lecture by Alastair Campbell (pictured left) as a visiting professor at Cambridge University yesterday, is a good read. Here is the whole thing, for the record:
Thank you for asking me to do this. If this visiting professorship was meant to be an honour, it can’t have been because of my time as a [...]
Imagine if the British Government suddenly announced that journalists would not be allowed to report on a particular story and would face arrest if they tried to do so.
Can any normal person remember what the row about the Leveson report is about? David Cameron is in favour of regulation of the press (but not the internet?) by a regulator created by Royal Charter. Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg are in favour of the same thing by a regulator approved by an auditor created [...]
David Cameron has owned up that the story about him being seen deep in conversation with Rebekah Brooks at a Christmas Party is true, though he thinks that it is of no importance.
This year has been an interesting one to say the least and we have witnessed a lot. The year the Mayans prophesied we would see the end of the world has certainly been eventful.
There is just one tiny problem with we brave freebooters of the Ethical Vacuum, the “Nice” people on Guido’s little list, the defenders of the freedom of the press.
Which is that when we (I) point out that having Ofcom or another government-appointed body “verify” a system of “independent” self-regulation it is no longer independent, we [...]
As a denizen of the Ethical Vacuum,* I hasten to correct an error I made in my column in The Independent on Sunday yesterday. I said that, under Lord Justice Leveson’s proposals,
Ed Richards, who once worked for Gordon Brown, and who was appointed head of Ofcom by the Government, would decide who regulates the press.
Here is Harriet Harman, former legal officer of the National Council of Civil Liberties, disagreeing with my friend Shami Chakrabarti, director of same (renamed), from yesterday
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