What ‘High Quality Journalism’? A Response to the Cairncross Review’s Call for Evidence – Julian Petley

21 09 2018

The Cairncross Review Call for Evidence [pdf] states that the ‘review’s objective is to establish how far and by what means we can secure a sustainable future for high quality journalism, particularly for news’, asks respondents whether ‘the future of high-quality journalism in the UK is at risk – at national, regional and/or local levels’, and argues that ‘high quality journalism plays a critical role in our democratic system, in particular through holding power to account, and its independence must be safeguarded’. Read the rest of this entry »





The Muslim Foster Carer Case: the final chapter – Transparency Project Reporting Watch

19 09 2018

Last autumn we covered the so-called ‘muslim foster carer’ case, over a number of blog posts (you can find those posts here). Last week, just as we’d given up hope of ever finding out what happened to the little girl at the heart of the case, the judgment is out. Or, to be precise – Tower Hamlets have provided selected journalists with a copy of an authorised summary of the judgment. (We know at least one journalist who has been hammering on the door of every judge he can think of to try and get this flipping summary. Our own email to the judicial press office went unanswered). Read the rest of this entry »





“Muslim fostering”: Times journalism utterly discredited – Brian Cathcart

8 09 2018
It has taken more than six months, but the final judgment in what the Times portrayed as the Tower Hamlets ‘Muslim fostering’ case has finally been released in summary form [pdf] and it is devastating for the newspaper and its chief investigative reporter, Andrew Norfolk.

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Media Reform Coalition Submission to Cairncross Review

6 09 2018

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport established the Cairncross Review to examinine the sustainability of high-quality journalism in the UK. The Review is particularly concerned with the Press and says that it will give equal weight to the needs of consumers and industry.  Read the rest of this entry »





Reform charity law to allow funding of public interest journalism – Steven Barnett and Judith Townend

4 09 2018

File 20180830 195322 1jsn82v.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Reactions to Jeremy Corbyn’s alternative MacTaggart lecture were predictably mixed. But amid proposals that attracted both acclaim and opprobrium in equal measure was one that was barely noticed. Read the rest of this entry »






IPSO Committee betrays its absolute lack of independence via its front-page policy – Jonathan Coad

15 08 2018

In a recent adjudication of a complaint about an errant front-page story published by the Daily Mail misreporting a court award of compensation to a victim of unlawful imprisonment and ill treatment by British armed forces, IPSO has set out its rationale for effectively ruling out the correction of front-page articles via the front page.  Read the rest of this entry »