Is there a crisis in British Journalism? Consider this – Brian Cathcart

13 11 2019

A shameful catalogue of events has been unfolding, but most journalists refuse to face it – or report it.  All of these are current or recent: Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Szurovecz v. Hungary, Denying journalist access to asylum-seeker ‘reception centre’ violated Article 10 – Dirk Voorhoof and Ronan Ó Fathaigh

6 11 2019

In Szurovecz v. Hungary, the European Court of Human Rights has held that a refusal to grant a journalist access to an asylum-seeker ‘reception centre’ in Hungary violated his right to freedom of expression under Article 10 ECHR. Read the rest of this entry »





Court Reporting: President of Family Division issues new guidance on reporting the Family Courts

31 10 2019

The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has issued new Guidance as to “Reporting in the Family Courts” [pdf].  The guidance has been issued to assist the court, the parties and the media in circumstances where a reporter attending court may wish to apply to vary reporting restrictions. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Stunt v Associated Newspapers, Data Protection reference to CJEU withdrawn

30 10 2019

On 29 October 2019 the Court of Appeal (Etherton MR, Sharp P and McFarlane P) made an order withdrawing the reference to the CJEU in the case of Stunt v Associated Newspapers ([2018] EWCA Civ 1780) . Read the rest of this entry »





Journalists must not allow themselves to be used by unscrupulous politicians – Steven Barnett

27 10 2019

Here are three questions that anyone interested in the health of UK democracy should be asking. Should reputable political journalists allow themselves to be exploited as conduits for the unfiltered messages of political leaders? Where does accurate reporting end and uncritical stenography begin? Read the rest of this entry »





Brexit: democracy needs journalists to be transparent about their political sources – Meera Selva and Richard Fletcher

26 10 2019

If the UK is heading for a general election, or a second Brexit referendum, journalists had better brace themselves – not just for the long hours on the campaign trail but for all the blame and vitriol that is likely to be heaped on their heads. Read the rest of this entry »





Meghan and the Car Park: Anatomy of a Royal News “Story” – Brian Cathcart

25 10 2019

On 12 April this year the front page headline of the Sun was ‘NOT IN MEG BACK YARD’. The report began: ‘Prince Harry and Meghan have infuriated Royal Household staff at Windsor by banning them from using a car park — because it overlooks their new home.Read the rest of this entry »





British journalists have become part of Johnson’s fake news machine – Peter Oborne

24 10 2019

It’s chilling. From the Mail, The Times to the BBC and ITN, everyone is peddling Downing Street’s lies and smears. They’re turning their readers into dupes. “Number 10 probes Remain MPs’ ‘foreign collusion’.” This huge banner headline dominated the front page of The Mail on Sunday on 29 September. Read the rest of this entry »





The real news on ‘fake news’: politicians use it to discredit media, and journalists need to fight back – Andrea Carson and Kate Farhall

18 10 2019

During the 2019 Australian general election, a news story about the Labor Party supporting a “death tax” – which turned out to be fake – gained traction on social media.  Now, Labor is urging a post-election committee to rule on whether digital platforms like Facebook are harming Australian democracy by allowing the spread of fake news. Read the rest of this entry »





Transparency Project: Off to IPSO we go … (hey ho)

15 10 2019

On 27 August the Express published an article under their ‘crusade’ to ‘End this injustice’ (in family courts). We were concerned that it contained serious inaccuracies and was misleading. We wrote about that in a post on 30 August : The Danger of Crusades. On 1 September we also lodged a complaint with The Express about those inaccuracies, referencing Clause 1 IPSO Editors’ Code. Read the rest of this entry »