New Book: “Big Media and Internet Titans: Media Ownership – the Democratic Challenge” edited by Granville Williams

6 06 2014

bigmediacoverThe central argument in a new book, Big Media and Internet Titans is that media pluralism must be put back on the political agenda.  The book has been published by the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom.

“We identify key policy issues,” said the book’s editor, Granville Williams, “and argue that  governments need to recognise that unless there are clear rules and limits on media ownership, democracy suffers. The Leveson Inquiry demonstrated this unequivocally.” Read the rest of this entry »





Blair, Brooks and the Murdoch connection: another insight – Granville Williams

26 02 2014

Hutton InquiryIt was the Sun which splashed the exclusive ‘HUTTON REPORT LEAKED’ by the paper’s political editor, Trevor Kavanagh, on 28 January 2004. The Hutton Inquiry was set up by Blair’s government to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of David Kelly, a biological warfare expert and former UN weapons inspector in Iraq. Read the rest of this entry »





Lobbyists: seven key myths – Tamasin Cave

24 11 2013

handshake_2076887bThis month’s Lords debate on the Lobbying Bill included a statement by Lord Wallace for the government on why it is refusing to introduce a more comprehensive register of lobbyistsHe said:  Read the rest of this entry »





Leveson: Dinosaurs at Bay – Tim Gopsill

18 01 2013

website_dinosuarstimmo_editThis post originally appeared in “Free Press” , the Journal of the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom and is reproduced with permission and thanks.

When Steve Bell launched his long-running Guardian cartoon strip “If…” in 1981, one early episode was titled “If … dinosaurs roamed Fleet Street”. It showed the beasts marauding up the street, laying waste to newspaper offices and all in their path.

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