Settling Scores - 1984's legacy unfolds
Murdoch's Channel 5 bid
It once achieved notoriety for its gameshow Naked Jungle, in which presenter Keith Chegwin and the contestants cavorted without the aid of clothing. But the latest development in Channel 5's short history may cause even more controversy, with Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB involved in what is thought to be the leading bid to buy the station after it was put up for sale by Richard Desmond.
Sky, in which Murdoch's News Corporation has a 39% stake, is believed to have joined forces with fellow pay-TV group Discovery Communications to buy the channel that airs Big Brother, Neighbours and Angelina Ballerina.
End violence against journalists in Ukraine
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) have issued a renewed appeal to all sides involved in the unrest in Ukraine to respect the rights and freedom of journalists covering events.
Big Net Neutrality win in Europe
It's a big day (3 April) for the open Internet in Europe. After a five-year campaign to enact strong Net Neutrality rules across the continent, digital rights advocates finally got a vote in the European Parliament, which approved strong protections for a free and open Internet.
Labour - tougher rules for lobbyists
Labour has pledged to repeal the Lobbying Act if it gets into power. This is welcome news. The 'dog's breakfast' of a law is not fit-for-purpose and must be rewritten.
Blair, Brooks and the Murdoch connection: another insight
DATELINE: 22/2/14It 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.
Lord Hutton was clear that the six parties represented at the Inquiry (the government, the BBC, Dr Kelly's family, the Speaker's Council, Andrew Gilligan, Susan Watts) would have 24 hours' notice of the report and that they would be required to sign an undertaking not to reveal the contents of the report before publication.
So much for 'undertakings'. The report's main findings were leaked by an unnamed source over the telephone to New Labour's favourite tabloid. Hutton launched a further inquiry into how the report came to be leaked. It was carried out by a solicitor, reported on 11 August 2004, and failed to find the source of the leak.
Other recent stories
1984: Thatcher's war against the miners
1984: Thatcher 'stiffens resolve' of the police
Thatcher's 1984 cover-up: the secret hit list
Sir Tim launches citizen's web campaign
Publish and be proud
New Labour's fatal flaw: an addiction to spin
We'll believe it when we see it!
The Leveson Inquiry and the raucous press
Berlusconi brothers get jail terms in Il Giornale case
European citizens' media pluralism initiative launched
The Prisoner of Fleet Street
Standing up for citizens' complaints
Phone-hacking police charge Rebekah Brooks
Miners strike - Thatcher's lies and still no justice
When the 1984 Cabinet papers concerning the miners strike of 30 years ago, were released this January, a gripping account was laid bare of the secret steps taken by Margaret Thatcher to break the strike, and the lies told to the nation. As the then Prime Minister micromanaged the government's authoritarian response to the strikers, including the brutal police responses, and hiding the truth surrounding the planned number of pit closure, a new book reveals there's still no justice.
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You are invited to a screening of Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary,
A film by STEPHEN VITTORIA (Documentary/USA 2012.Wednesday 30 April 2014 at 6 p.m.School of Law, University of Westminster, 4, Little Titchfield Street, London W1W 7UW.The documentary follows the extraordinary journey of the journalist and revolutionary Mumia Abu- Jamal, who was imprisoned in solitary confinement on death row in Pennsylvania, USA for 30 years.The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and Q & A.The event is free but RSVP is required. Please RSVP Nicola Laing at N.Laing@westminster.ac.uk
Public Meeting Tuesday 29 April
Revealing Truths - Just how free is the press today?
7.30 pm- 9.00pm
Friends Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester.
Speakers: Granville Williams (CPBF)
Stephen Kingston (Salford Star editor)Free entry.
Organised by the Mary Quaile Club
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Diary date Saturday 21 June
CPBF Annual General Meeting
10am – 12.30pm NUJ HQ, 308 Gray's Inn Road
London WC1. (Tube/trains Kings Cross/St Pancras.)
Election of national council, report on activities, debates.
Deadlines - Nominations for the national council 6 June.
AGM motions 13 June. Further details CPBF office.
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DOWNLOAD FREEPRESS NOW
Download Freepress in PDF, ePub or mobi format. Issues 197 and 198 are now available in PDF format only.
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MEDIA FOR ALL CONFERENCE
Papers from the Media for All Conference
The media’s job is to inform and entertain us but we rely on them too to tell us what our rulers and representatives are up to. In the run-up to the Iraq war the government used spin and disinformation in the media to create panic and mislead people. The truth is coming out now, but we need stronger, more independent media to be able to scrutinise governments and make informed choices.
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Middle East Media Guide
notwar.net - quirky international peace group with details of hundreds of campaigning peace groups
the memory hole
send e-mail to altmedia (you have to subscribe first)
Taking Sides weblog on IRAQ
Brass Check TV
Civil Rights Movement
Ofcom website - the uk's broadcasting and telecoms regulator
vertigo - independent UK film magazine
campaign for freedom of information
media reform - us-based campaigning group also known as Free Press
world association of community radio broadcasters
european journalism centre
community media association
pr watch's 'spin of the day'
Exiled Journalists Network
spinwatch - monitoring PR and spin in the public interest (independent UK-based group)
cris - the campaign for communication rights in the information society
Liberty's 'yourrights' online provides information and access to advice on human rights issues such as free expression and privacy as well as information on the specific rights of various individuals and groups.
working for change (US)
subscribe to 'the weekly spin'
undercurrents (for the news you don't see on the news)
International Women's Media Foundation - US based organisation aimed at increasing women's participation in the media.
europa: 'an internet site covering Europe as a common area of freedom, security and justice' - web site of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Justice and Home Affairs
save welsh tv
medialens: the real news from the US
Observatoire Français des Médias (French only)
world commission on the social dimension of globalisation (ilo)
Pressnet: Journalists, Journalism and Mass Media in Internet.
new internationalist online
Alliance for Lobbying Transparency
information clearing house
media watch mailing list
One World TV
stop war web site
red pepper - campaigning journal & web site
media communications policy resources (from Katharine Sarikakis of Leeds university)
VLV (Voice of the Listener and Viewer - working for quality and diversity in British broadcasting)
NUJ Brussels branch
indymedia: independent media
international federation of journalists
world association for christian communication (WACC)
Index on Censorship - international campaign for free expression, based on publication and website
International News Safety Institute