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 »





New regulations aim to end gender stereotypes in adverts: but I suggest they could go further – Magdalena Zawisza

16 06 2019

Remember the infamous “beach body ready” campaign from 2015 for the supplement brand Protein World? It’s the one that challenged passersby with a steel-gazed, bikini clad, perfectly toned model and the slogan: “Are you beach body ready?”. And what about the ad by fashion retailer Zara in 2017, where skinny teenage girls encouraged women to “love” their curves? Read the rest of this entry »





The surprising post-election debate around online freedom of expression in Germany – Nora Kroeger

5 06 2019

One week before the EU elections, the German YouTuber Rezo published an almost hour-long video titled “The destruction of the CDU”. In the video, the influencer – who usually posts light-hearted apolitical content such as YouTube challenges – sets out a broad range of arguments why the disregard of scientific evidence and resulting incompetent policy-making by the German parties CDU, SPD (and also far-right AFD) should convince citizens to vote for other parties. Read the rest of this entry »





Germany proposes Europe’s first diversity rules for social media platforms – Natali Helberger, Paddy Leerssen and Max Van Drunen

2 06 2019

Germany continues to spearhead the regulation of social media. Last year the country made headlines with the Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz (‘network enforcement law’ or ‘NetzDG’), the most ambitious attempt to regulate platform content moderation processes in Europe to date. Now, the German Broadcasting Authority (Rundfunkkomission) has proposed another law targeting social media platforms, though it has has received far less attention than the NetzDG –and far less than it deserves. Read the rest of this entry »





The Jeremy Kyle affair: Four things you need to know – Trevor Barnes and Meriem Anou

26 05 2019

ITV‘s decision to permanently suspend the production of The Jeremy Kyle Show is making headlines. However, this should not come as a surprise given recent controversies surrounding duty of care issues in reality television programmes. Ofcom and MPs must tread very carefully in proposing new duty of care obligations on broadcasters to look after adult contributors. Read the rest of this entry »





Regulating against online harms: corporate accountability’s new wave? – Jonny Shipp and Thorsten Brønholt

2 05 2019

As it celebrates its 30th anniversary the Internet revolution has lost its way. From democratising and emancipatory beginnings, the information superhighway has become a hotbed of crime, harm and offence, powered by designed addition and fake news. Read the rest of this entry »





Users Behaving Badly: the Online Harms White Paper – Graham Smith

30 04 2019

On 8 April 2019, having spent the best part of a day reading the UK government’s Online Harms White Paper, I concluded that if the road to hell was paved with good intentions, this was a motorway. After full and further consideration, I have found nothing to alter that view. This is why. Read the rest of this entry »





Online harms proposals represent the start of the journey – David Barker and Alex Keenlyside

27 04 2019

Last week the UK government published its white paper on online harms. The proposals are focused on what internet companies should do to help address what is an important and complex issue, and they should be viewed as the start of the journey rather than the destination. Read the rest of this entry »