Open letter from NGOs and academics on Open Justice in the Covid-19 emergency

10 06 2020

In recent weeks, the House of Commons select committee on justice has been assured by members of the government, judiciary and court service that open justice continues, despite changes to the nature of physical hearings, and increased use of technology for many types of hearings. Read the rest of this entry »





Coronavirus: public confused and suspicious over government’s death toll information – Stephen Cushion, Maria Kyriakidou, Marina Morani, Nikki Soo

24 05 2020

The decision by the UK government to stop publishing the international comparative death rate in its daily briefings from May 12 attracted widespread criticism. Many people saw this as an attempt to cover up just how badly the UK has handled the pandemic. 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 »





Covid-19 a contagion risk for right to information laws? – Karen Mc Cullagh

10 05 2020

In recent months, governments around the world have sought to manage and mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic upon public health – it has a propensity to overwhelm health service provision – and to limit the impact of the pandemic on the economy in their countries.  As it is a novel virus, about which little is known, a uniform response strategy has not yet emerged. Read the rest of this entry »





Contact tracing, privacy, magical thinking … and trust! – Paul Bernal

8 05 2020

The saga of the UK’s contact tracing app has barely begun but already it is fraught with problems. Technical problems – the app barely works on iPhones, for example, and communication between iPhones requires someone with an Android phone to be in close proximity – are just the start of it. 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 »





Coronavirus contact tracing apps: a proportionate response? – Robin Mansell

2 05 2020

It seems likely that a decision will be taken soon in the UK to use a smartphone (Bluetooth) based contact tracing app to help stem the COVID-19 pandemic, with a trial reported on 22 April. Used with other measures including scaled-up testing for infection, physical distancing and self-isolation, this is expected to help save lives. 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 »





Coronavirus: calls from journalists for an end to the lockdown are out of step with public opinion – Catherine Happer

17 04 2020

In times of crisis and widespread concern about decision-making, the public are extremely reliant on journalists to put their questions to those in power. If there was ever a time for the media to act as the fourth estate, holding power to account in the public interest, the coronavirus pandemic is it. Now, more than ever, their role is crucial in ensuring that the public mood is communicated and acted upon. Read the rest of this entry »