Australia: Whose interests? Why defining the ‘public interest’ is such a challenge – Jane Johnston

22 09 2017
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The “public interest” is a political concept that’s regularly trotted out along with other democratic principles such as transparency and accountability. And, like transparency and accountability, it’s difficult to pin down exactly what it means. Read the rest of this entry »





How PR giant Bell Pottinger made itself look bad – Paula Keaveney

7 09 2017
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The reputation of global PR company Bell Pottinger has suffered a massive blow. The boss has resigned, clients have walked, the firm has been expelled from the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) – and it has now put itself up for sale. All because of its work on a controversial contract in South Africa. Read the rest of this entry »





‘Post-truth’ media really is shifting the news agenda: and more subtly than it seems – Precious N Chatterje-Doody

6 09 2017
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As stories of Russian “information warfare” in various Western countries continue to mount, governments, intelligence agencies and journalists are fretting over the influence of global media outlets funded by autocratic governments. But while these organisations are clearly meant to serve their sponsor governments’ agendas in various ways, is the West right to be so worried about them? Read the rest of this entry »





The Press Problem: How to Avoid Hate When Discussing Muslim Affairs – Aidan White

2 09 2017

IPSO has received hundreds of complaints concerning a column in the British newspaper ‘The Sun’ in which the phrase “the Muslim Problem” – by many perceived as a reference to the Nazi terminology “the Jewish Problem” – was used. Read the rest of this entry »





The most secretive court in all of Christendom – Transparency Project Reporting Watch

1 09 2017

Recent coverage of the placement of a 5 year old Christian girl with a muslim foster family that spoke no English has generated much outrage and media attention this week. But as more information emerges it is becoming clear that things are more complex and less clear cut than the headlines and the coverage has suggested. No surprise there then. Read the rest of this entry »





Digging for dirt in the digital age: the trouble with journalism and doxing – Colette Snowden

30 08 2017

Even before the march in Charlottesville turned violent, images of white supremacist demonstrators were posted on social media along with requests to identify them. Read the rest of this entry »





The evolving conversation around fake news and potential solutions – Emma Goodman

17 08 2017

Fake news, its causes and what to do about are some of the key issues that we plan to address as part of the LSE Commission on Truth, Trust and Technology that will be launched later this year. The Commission will examine the wider crisis in the quality and credibility of information in the digital age.  Read the rest of this entry »