Cummings, #MediaWitchHunt and Trust – Colette Allen

4 06 2020

The momentum gathered by the #MediaWitchHunt following the revelation that senior government advisor and Vote Leave campaign strategist Dominic Cummings broke the COVID-19 lockdown laws reveals an entrenched climate of mistrust in the UK. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Sube v News Group Newspapers, Harassment claims against media publishers dismissed – Tim James-Matthews

27 05 2020

The case of Sube v News Group Newspapers is a rare claim for harassment brought against a media publisher – only the second such claim to have proceeded to trial in England and Wales. In a judgment handed down on 7 May 2020 ([2020] EWHC 1125 (QB)), Warby J dismissed the claims brought against News Group and Express Group. Read the rest of this entry »






Reporting on Dominic Cummings: Is this the best way to maintain public confidence? – Simon Carne

25 05 2020

On Saturday, the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps led the daily Downing Street press conference with news of new transport infrastructure to help us in the current crisis and beyond. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: PA Media Group v LB of Haringey, Journalists persuade Judge to change his mind and name criticised local authority – Lucy Reed

21 05 2020

We wrote about this case last week.  We said “watch this space” Now, we bring you part two… The judge has changed his mind after the intervention of two journalists : the Transparency Project’s Louise Tickle and Press Association journalist Brian Farmer. Read the rest of this entry »





Coronavirus: people want media to ramp up factchecking and question dubious claims – Stephen Cushion, Maria Kyriakidou, Marina Morani, Nikki Soo

14 05 2020

How well the media holds the UK government to account over its handling of the pandemic is a question that has been fiercely debated over recent weeks. Journalists have been attacked for asking difficult questions at press briefings, while broadcasters have been criticised for challenging government decisions. Read the rest of this entry »





Has the United States’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic exposed the marketplace of ideas as a failed experiment? – Eliza Bechtold

6 05 2020

The fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic in the US has placed a spotlight not only on the fragility of the American economy and the perils of yawning income and social inequality, but also on the dangers flowing from the crisis of truth infecting US politics and American culture more broadly. Read the rest of this entry »





The Government is giving away your money to the Mail and the Sun – Brian Cathcart

30 04 2020

The whole affair could hardly be more sleazy and murky, but the truth is now clear: the Government is giving tens of millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money to the corporate press, including the Daily Mail and the Sun. Read the rest of this entry »





Fact checking in the time of COVID-19 – Pierre Andrews

26 04 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic not only represents a challenge for researchers and policymakers in the fields of medicine, international relations and economics, but also in media and communications. Read the rest of this entry »





Holding Google to Account: France Takes a Stand – Hugh Stephens

22 04 2020

The French Competition Bureau (l’Autorité de la Concurrence) struck a strong blow in the global effort to hold Google to account under national laws when it issued an order on April 9 requiring Google to negotiate with French press publishers and news providers regarding licensing fees for news content appearing in Google search listings in France. Read the rest of this entry »