South African journalism’s problems are bigger than ethics: they’re about ethos – Anthea Garman

21 10 2018

File 20181019 105751 apog7i.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1When the editor of the Sunday Times in South Africa, Bongani Siqoko, published an apology in the newspaper earlier this month he surely set a new precedent in the country’s journalism. Read the rest of this entry »





Proposed police super-database breaks the law and has no legal basis, but the Home Office doesn’t care – Matthew White

19 10 2018

The announcement from human rights organisation Liberty that it would boycott the UK Home Office’s consultation on the Law Enforcement Data Service, a new super-database for the police, is an indication of how far from acceptable the project is. Read the rest of this entry »





How the right-wing press has weaponised the ability to speak English – David Wright and Gavin Brookes

6 10 2018

File 20180830 195307 urw331.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Being able to speak English is considered by many to be an integral part of “being British”. Officially, it is a requirement for those applying for British citizenship. Yet the link between English and belonging is also clear in more everyday contexts, including, unfortunately, instances in which people are discriminated against – and even assaulted – for not speaking English in public. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: Media power, why the full story of Murdoch, Stokes and the Liberal leadership spill needs to be told – Denis Muller

28 09 2018

File 20180920 107692 j03jv5.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1The first German chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, said there were two sights the public should not see: the making of laws and the making of sausages. To this list of enduringly nauseating spectacles we should add one more: the political machinations of media moguls. Read the rest of this entry »





Debate: Jeremy Corbyn, antisemitism and the British media – Simon Dawes

25 09 2018

If you’re having trouble keeping up with British political controversies and only vaguely familiar with the story of “Jeremy Corbyn and Labour’s antisemitism crisis”, you’d be forgiven for thinking from occasionally glimpsed headlines and social media posts that the current leader of the UK opposition party was a “racist and antisemite”, that he had “waged war on the Jews” and that he “posed an existential threat to Jewish life”. Read the rest of this entry »





Why tech giants have little to lose (and lots to win) from new EU copyright law – Maurizio Borghi

20 09 2018

File 20180919 158243 roiwue.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1The new European Union Copyright Directive, passed recently by the European parliament after a vociferous campaign both for and against, has been described by its advocates as Europe striking a blow against US tech giants in the battle for control of copyrighted content online. Read the rest of this entry »





Ten things you should know about Instagram’s terms of use – Hayleigh Bosher

16 09 2018

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Do you use Instagram? Probably. Did you read the terms of use? Probably not. You’re not alone. Most people don’t read terms and conditions. So here are some key things to know and understand about Instagram. Read the rest of this entry »