The Daily Mail, Max Mosley and Me – Brian Cathcart

9 03 2018

You may not have seen this, but the Daily Mail has published an article complaining of Max Mosley’s ‘hidden donations to aid press-hating professor‘, and the professor in question is me. I am not, of course, a press hater, but I do despise the dishonesty and hypocrisy of the Daily Mail, of which this turns out to be a vivid example.   Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law, Strasbourg: Butkevich v Russia, Journalistic newsgathering during demonstrations – Dirk Voorhoof and Daniel Simons

9 03 2018

In a case about a Ukrainian journalist being arrested during an anti-globalisation protest in Russia, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Butkevich v. Russia (13 February 2018) has clarified that the gathering of information is an essential preparatory step in journalism and an inherent, protected part of press freedom. Read the rest of this entry »

Who are the true defenders of free speech and who are its real foes? – Jonathan Coad

7 03 2018

When in 1991 I qualified I into a well-known claimant media practice I was fortunate enough to find on my desk on the first day that I arrived a file containing a libel action being brought against London Weekend Television (by whom my new firm had just been instructed). Read the rest of this entry »

‘Corbyn the Commie’ smear is all about tabloid press fear of regulation – Ivor Gaber

24 02 2018

Following Labour’s better than expected election result in 2017, right-wing press hostility to Corbyn briefly died down – only to suddenly flare up again in the last week with an almost nostalgic theme. Read the rest of this entry »

Australia: Welcome to the new (old) moralism: how the media’s coverage of the Barnaby Joyce affair harks back to the 1950s – Denis Muller

17 02 2018

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The Barnaby Joyce saga has given a great boost to what might be called “shake-the-tree” journalism: you shake the tree by running a sensational story and see what falls out.  The Daily Telegraph’s original public-interest case for publishing the first story of Joyce’s relationship with ex-staffer Vikki Campion was weak when weighed against the privacy intrusions on Joyce, his estranged wife, his daughters, and Campion. Read the rest of this entry »

Freedom and the Local Press: A CEO’s misleading message to readers – Brian Cathcart

16 02 2018

Ashley Highfield is CEO of Britain’s third-biggest regional and local newspaper group, Johnston Press, which owns about 200 titles. He has written a pleading letter to readers of those papers that is a monument to corporate distortion. Read the rest of this entry »