The end of privacy? It’s become far too common to shame people on social media – Jonathan Coad

24 07 2016

mathers-MAINThere is ample evidence that when used ethically and while abiding by the sublime ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you‘ principle, social media can be a force for good. It allows the forging of friendships, the increase in understanding between different social and ethnic groups, the communication of ideas and so forth. Read the rest of this entry »





How the Frankensteins of Fleet Street mould and then monster their creations – Jonathan Coad

6 05 2016

chanelle-hayes-mail-2It is difficult to comprehend the full cynicism and inhumanity of the tabloid press until you have confronted it. Sometimes its oligarchs give you a spontaneous glimpse of the value systems of the tabloid empires. I was on a panel with Kelvin MacKenzie for a debate about the law on privacy some years ago (very much back in the public eye), and an audience member asked him whether he had ever given any consideration about the impact of the stories he published on its subjects. He replied without hesitation that he had not. Read the rest of this entry »





Leveson Report showed only the tip of the iceberg on tabloid abuse of the press – Jonathan Coad

3 05 2016

image-20160427-30950-10ckm6The reminder that the Hillsborough inquiry gave us of the appalling role that The Sun played in the trauma and heartbreak of the families of the victims is a good moment to remember that it is (amongst other Fleet St Goliaths) The Sun that insists that it be permitted to regulate itself. Read the rest of this entry »