Scandal at the Times: Another Journalistic Cover-Up – Brian Cathcart

29 06 2019
In the British press, journalists rarely challenge other journalists about their standards. This approach is not protecting journalism. It is corrupting it.

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Unmasked: The Andrew Norfolk Report in 10 points – Brian Cathcart

28 06 2019

A brief summary of the 65-page report, which has been researched and written jointly by me and by Paddy French. Read the rest of this entry »





The Times and Intolerance: A Case to Answer – Julian Petley

26 06 2019

A just-published book, Unmasked: Andrew Norfolk, The Times Newspaper and Anti-Muslim Reporting – a Case to Answer [pdf] plays extremely serious charges against three series of articles by the paper’s chief investigative reporter. These all concern Muslims. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: Four laws that need urgent reform to protect both national security and press freedom – Denis Muller

21 06 2019

In a perfect world, Australia would introduce constitutional protections for freedom of the press. But since the chances of that are next to zero, it might be more productive to look instead at what might be done to make the existing web of secrecy laws less repressive. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: To protect press freedom, we need more public outrage, and an overhaul of our laws – Peter Greste

9 06 2019

A few days ago, Waleed Aly asked a not-so-rhetorical question in The Sydney Morning Herald. He wondered how many Australians were worried about the fact that the Australian Federal Police had spent a good portion of last week raiding the offices and homes of journalists who’ve published stories clearly in the public interest. Read the rest of this entry »





Assange’s new indictment: Espionage and the First Amendment – Ofer Raban

30 05 2019

Julian Assange, the co-founder of WikiLeaks, has been charged by the U.S. Department of Justice with a slew of Espionage Act violations that could keep him in prison for the rest of his life. Read the rest of this entry »





The Impact of Grief Journalism on its Subjects – Nicole Moreham and Yvette Tinsley

22 05 2019

The depiction of grief and intense anxiety is commonplace in modern journalism. Little work has been done though to examine the impact of the collection and publication of grief-focused coverage on those who appear in it. Read the rest of this entry »





Reporting the Court of Protection: NB on Re NB – Barbara Rich

21 05 2019

At the beginning of April 2019, a Press Association report of an interim hearing at the Court of Protection provoked a number of newspaper headlines and outraged reactions, because it quoted a High Court judge, Mr Justice Hayden, as having spoken of a “fundamental human right” of a man to have sex with his wife.  Read the rest of this entry »





Prescription for journalists from journalists: Less time studying Twitter, more time studying math – John P. Wihbey

5 05 2019

File 20190430 136781 u6qok1.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1You hear a lot of heated claims and baseless generalities these days about what’s wrong with the news media. What’s seldom heard is what the underlying data indicate about true problem areas and where journalists need to improve. Read the rest of this entry »





How UK journalists compare with their German counterparts: new research – Neil Thurman and Imke Henkel

28 04 2019

File 20190424 19303 17t67jq.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1The British press is regarded by the rest of the world as notoriously raucous. If you need an example of how raucous, the way British newspapers have reported Brexit is only one recent, if much-discussed, example. Read the rest of this entry »