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 is a long-standing tradition of publishing gore in Mauritius by ‘la presse sensationnelle’ and it looks like these photos have been used to boost the circulation figures for a new entrant in an already crowded marketplace.
As the often theatrical spectacle of the Leveson hearings – with its mix of posturing, jousting, inquisition and exposé – draws to a close, the big question is what Leveson will recommend this autumn. Will we see proposals that defend press freedom and promote high professional standards, or do we risk facing proposals that limit press freedom and serious investigative journalism?
The ‘National Newspaper of Wales’, has today found itself at the heart of a Twitter storm. Rob Williams looks at what went wrong and investigates the furious reaction.
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.
Fabio Capello was once mocked up as a donkey, Steve McClaren was the Wally with the Brolly, Sven-Goran Eriksson was stitched up by the Fake Sheik, Glenn Hoddle was compared to Mystic Meg, Graham Taylor was a turnip. How will Roy Hodgson be portrayed?
John Prescott, writing in the May edition of Reader’s Digest (there is an extract here, but you need to subscribe for the whole article), has an interesting argument that the Leveson inquiry ought to hear:
Power in the media has shifted dramatically in recent years. Internet tools such as Twitter and Facebook have created a speedy check and balance on our newspapers — a [...]
A little boy lies bleeding on the floor, accidentally caught in the crossfire between rival factions in Zawiyah, Libya. His tiny body is contorted in agony, his eyes glazed over as he passes out of consciousness. He is the very picture of suffering – quite literally, because for us, he exists as a photograph.
Things are hotting up in Jordan as the Arab Spring turns into summer. Despite some concessions by King Abdullah who has twice reshuffled his government as a result of weekly street protests, the demonstrators are determined to keep up the pressure for reform.
Yes newspapers can play a role in scrutinising their own industry, as The Guardian and to some extent The Independent have shown. But it is notable how little interest other newspapers took in the phone hacking story until last week. And of course none of the Murdoch newspapers, which account for 37 per cent of the market, were really touching it.
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