Twitter is right to have special rules for Donald Trump: it’s recognising that not all tweets are equal – Fabienne Peter

23 07 2019

Twitter recently decided that rule-breaking tweets from influential politicians would be hidden behind a warning. Journalists were quick to label the new policy the “Trump rule”. But it wasn’t long before the rule was put to the test and found lacking. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Appeals court rules against Trump blocking critics on Twitter – Clay Calvert

14 07 2019

A federal appeals court in New York has upheld a lower court’s ruling that President Donald Trump cannot block people from following or viewing his @realDonaldTrump Twitter account. Read the rest of this entry »





France: The legal fight against ‘fake news’ must not veer into censorship – Matthew Fraser

16 06 2018

File 20180608 191981 yzu5nm.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1France’s parliament is debating a law that would give the state the power to censor “fake news”. If the law is passed, the French state will have the powers to ban, through a court order, the publication of any news considered false in run-up period before elections. Read the rest of this entry »





Trump is right: stories will dry up if the press can’t use anonymous sources – Judith Townend and Richard Danbury

3 03 2017

Donald Trump has declared war on anonymous sources and wants to ban their use by journalists. In a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on February 24, he said: “You will see stories dry up like you have never seen before.The Conversation Read the rest of this entry »





Richard Nixon’s authoritarian loathing of the media lives on in Donald Trump – Randall J. Stephens

23 02 2017

When things go wrong for the president, his administration in crisis mode and his approval rating down to a weekly average of 41%, he turns to the press, anger in his eyes. He pleads, cajoles, or mocks. That could describe either Donald J. Trump or Richard M. Nixon. Two men who needed the media and courted its favour, but who can’t and couldn’t resist denouncing and vilifying it in the harshest terms. Read the rest of this entry »





The Trump dossier and verification in the era of fake news – Ivor Gaber

12 01 2017

trumpTo verify, or not to verify? That is the question that journalists face on an almost daily basis; but the issue of whether media organisations should publish information that isn’t 100% watertight has been brought into sharp relief by the latest stories about Donald Trump and his alleged involvement with Russia. Read the rest of this entry »





Why the media got it so wrong on Trump and Brexit – Richard Sambrook

17 11 2016

trumpIn the aftermath of Donald Trump’s election, the US media has embarked on a flurry of self recrimination. Much of what they discuss applies equally to the UK media and the problems with news coverage of the EU referendum. Read the rest of this entry »





News: A £10 million damages claim against Donald Trump and other curious litigation [Updated]

7 02 2016

Kamran MalikAt the end of January 2016 it was widely reported that a “Muslim leader” was suing Donald Trump for £10 million over his claims that areas of London were “no go” areas for the police. Read the rest of this entry »