In the era of ‘fake news’, Americans would like to change the media model – Marc Fleurbaey

18 07 2018
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In a November 2016 article, Nick Couldry and Clemencia Rodriguez (from the International Panel on Social Progress) stated that “media infrastructure is a common good whose governance and design should be much more open to democratic engagement than currently.” Does the population agree with this view? Read the rest of this entry »





Theresa May did the bidding of the press, now they call her a traitor – Brian Cathcart

14 07 2018
She used up capital cancelling Leveson 2 for them, but it did not buy her favourable coverage. She is the corporate papers’ ever-willing victim: the more she appeases them, the harder they kick her.

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Five causes of media amnesia – Laura Basu

7 07 2018

Remember when the banks created the mac daddy of economic crashes? Back in 2008, you would have had plenty of company if you thought the end was nigh for the economic model producing that crisis. Read the rest of this entry »





“Britain requires an independent regulator with teeth”, the belated (partial) conversion of the British Press to effective regulation – Hugh Tomlinson QC

6 07 2018

For 70 years the British press has resolutely resisted any form of independent regulation. The oligarchs who control the large media corporations have successfully resisted the regulatory recommendations of inquiries from the 1949 Royal Commission on the Press to the 2012 Leveson Report. Read the rest of this entry »





France: The legal fight against ‘fake news’ must not veer into censorship – Matthew Fraser

16 06 2018

File 20180608 191981 yzu5nm.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1France’s parliament is debating a law that would give the state the power to censor “fake news”. If the law is passed, the French state will have the powers to ban, through a court order, the publication of any news considered false in run-up period before elections. Read the rest of this entry »





Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre to step down (but don’t expect much to change) – Ivor Gaber

10 06 2018

File 20180607 137306 1lh2nat.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Among the glowing tributes to Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre – who has announced he will step down in November after 26 years at the helm – I have yet to spot one that mentions this description of his methods from a recent unauthorised history of the newspaper: Read the rest of this entry »





GDPR and journalism: the new regime – Greg Callus

5 06 2018

David Cameron was often derided as an “essay crisis” Prime Minister – the Oxford PPE undergraduate model of relying on good general knowledge and trusting your ability to pick up the details only as peril looms large. Read the rest of this entry »