‘Corbyn the Commie’ smear is all about tabloid press fear of regulation – Ivor Gaber

24 02 2018

Following Labour’s better than expected election result in 2017, right-wing press hostility to Corbyn briefly died down – only to suddenly flare up again in the last week with an almost nostalgic theme. Read the rest of this entry »





Freedom and the Local Press: A CEO’s misleading message to readers – Brian Cathcart

16 02 2018

Ashley Highfield is CEO of Britain’s third-biggest regional and local newspaper group, Johnston Press, which owns about 200 titles. He has written a pleading letter to readers of those papers that is a monument to corporate distortion. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: Craig McLachlan, defamation and getting the balance right when sexual harassment goes to court – Rick Sarre

13 02 2018

Last week Rocky Horror Show actor Craig McLachlan issued defamation proceedings against Fairfax Media, the ABC and former co-star Christie Whelan Browne, one of the women who has accused McLachlan of sexual harassment. Read the rest of this entry »





Why the Mirror buy up of the Express is yet another sign of a newspaper industry in peril – Christopher Shoop-Worrall

11 02 2018

The Daily Express and the Daily Mirror are almost the same age. Among the UK’s first national, daily, popular newspapers, they both came into being as a direct response to the success of the Daily Mail. The Express was launched as a direct competitor in 1900, while the Mirror was set up as a “woman’s paper” by the Mail’s proprietor Alfred Harmsworth. Read the rest of this entry »





The Sun’s settlement of phone-hacking cases means all eyes now on Leveson 2 – John McLellan

1 02 2018

The decision by News Group to close its phone-hacking compensation scheme in 2013 has proved to have been expensively premature – with nine more victims, including actor David Tennant and Olympic hurdler Colin Jackson, winning damages at the High Court recently. Read the rest of this entry »





Margaret Atwood: tried on social media, convicted by the press – Sharon Coen

30 01 2018

File 20180122 46244 j6xv91.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1The struggling economics of news organisations these days means that it’s cheap to report debates and controversies taking place on social media and so these rows, especially when they involve well-known people, get more prominent coverage in newspapers and news bulletins than they deserve. Read the rest of this entry »





Good luck banning fake news: here’s why it’s unlikely to happen – Zhongdong Niu

27 01 2018

French president Emmanuel Macron’s recent pledge to make a new law to tackle perceived fake news has touched nerves in some corners with its potential impact on freedom of expression. Read the rest of this entry »