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 »





Media regulation : Ofcom set to examine BBC Panorama anti-Semitism programme. Paddy French

8 11 2019

Which is the more professional broadcaster when it comes to investigative reporting — the BBC or Al Jazeera? That’s the intriguing question that’s going to be answered by Ofcom’s forthcoming ruling on the BBC Panorama programme Is Labour Anti-Semitic? In January 2017. 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 »





New Report: IPSO five years on: “fails to satisfy 25 out of 38 Leveson recommendations”

16 10 2019

A new report from the Media Standards Trust [pdf] has found that the press complaints handling body, IPSO, fails 25 out of 38 of Leveson’s recommendations for an effective and independent press regulator. 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 »





The fightback against Facebook is getting stronger – Leighton Andrews

12 10 2019

Facebook leader Mark Zuckerberg recently took the unusual step of visiting lawmakers in Washington, including President Donald Trump in the White House. The reason? Congress’s anti-trust sub-committee has started demanding documents from Facebook and other big tech firms. It’s part of the committee’s investigation into whether dominant tech firms are acting anti-competitively. And Zuckerberg’s trip suggests the company is worried. Read the rest of this entry »






Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Standing Up to the British Media Protects Us All from Press Abuse – Brian Cathcart

5 10 2019

The victims of press abuses are usually ordinary people, not famous ones, and those ordinary people are usually powerless.  That is why, when the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, sues the Mail on Sunday, and her husband Prince Harry complains of a campaign of fabrications against her, it matters to everyone. Read the rest of this entry »





Regulating Facebook: a process, not an event – Leighton Andrews

28 09 2019

The Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, recently flew half-way across the world to meet Mark Zuckerberg. While the Bank of England is being rather coy about what was discussed, a number of recent speeches by the Governor have raised questions about Facebook’s move into crypto-currency with its plans for its Libra system. Read the rest of this entry »





Ben Stokes, The Sun and Gareth Thomas: muckraking journalism with no regard for private lives

22 09 2019

The ‘silly season’ is supposed to be over and the most important constitutional case for many years is currently before the Supreme Court, but these matters did not stop The Sun from publishing on 17 September 2019 a grossly sensationalist and intrusive article about Ben Stokes, the England cricketer, and his family. Read the rest of this entry »