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    Making Good Society


    DATELINE: 24/10/14
    Joyce Macmillan, journalist, NUJ member and member of the Carnegie UK Trust's Commission on the Media, summarises the findings of the Commission's report on news media, published in 2010 as 'Making Good Society'. Click 'Read on' below.
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    Reporting Gaza: Why the Media Bias?


    For majority of the British media, the importance of presenting impartial news coverage has always been a key objective, but the notion of achieving balance and context has been questioned during the recent Israeli bombardment of Gaza. The death and destruction – and especially the deaths of so many children – has appeared in brutal contrast with the relatively minor impact of the Hamas rocket attacks on Israel. Moreover, Western media has been criticised for failing to cover the conflict in a fair manner and some media outlets, the BBC in particular, appear infused with a pro-Israeli bias. Equality in news reporting is not the only issue troubling the traditional media as a result of the recent turmoil in the Middle East; more journalists than ever before are losing their lives and insurgents are increasingly using social media to spread propaganda.
    Nicholas Jones is joined by Lindsey German,  Stop the War Coalition; Tim Llewellyn, former Middle East correspondent for the BBC, and Aidan White, director of the  Ethical Journalism Network.
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    The 84 miners' strike remembered


    DATELINE: 2/4/14
    Coal Not DoleOrgreave Truth and Justice Campaign (events in 2014)
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    A day-long national event supported by the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign and the NUM in the refurbished Unity Hall in Wakefield on 7 March 2015.
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    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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Egyptian journalists reject their editors' loyalty to the al-Sisi government

posted by: Roy Greenslade


DATELINE: 11/11/14

Several hundred Egyptian journalists have rejected a policy declaration by newspaper editors pledging support for the state and banning criticism of the police, army and judiciary in their publications....

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Digging Deeper: Revelations from the Great Miners' Strike

posted by: Kevin McCaighy


DATELINE: 20/10/14

2014 has so far been a year of commemoration of state-sponsored remembrance on what the Coalition Government wants the public to believe is a consensus-based reflection on the centenary of World War One....

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Mining communities still waiting to be told the truth says NUM

posted by: Nicholas Jones


DATELINE: 20/10/14

After analysing the contradictions and cover-ups exposed in Margaret Thatcher's cabinet papers about the 1984-5 pit dispute, the National Union of Mineworkers has called for "a full, transparent and open debate" about her government's tactics during the strike....

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The IMPRESS Project: a viable, independent model of press regulation?

posted by: LSE blog


DATELINE: 8/10/14
Founding Director, Jonathan Heawood,  recently spoke with the LSE Media Policy Project and members of the industry, academia and civil society about the project's progress and goals.  Here is an excerpt of his remarks....

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Julian Petley on press freedom

posted by: Inforrm


DATELINE: 26/8/14
Julian Petley, one of the most prominent campaigners for media freedom in the UK, kindly agreed to answer some questions from Simon Dawes on phone-hacking, the Snowden leaks, the fallout from the Leveson Inquiry, and IPSO, the new self-regulatory body for the press. In this interview, he emphasises the need for press freedom from both the state and the market, and the need for some form of state intervention to ensure press freedom....

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A very backward response

posted by: Des Freedman


DATELINE: 12/8/14

Those HR people in the Culture Department are a hard-nosed bunch. Instead of letting civil servants working on the media ownership brief have a well-deserved rest in Tuscany, they keep them at their desks in the hottest months of the year publishing policy statements when the sun is shining....

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Red-top headlines galore

posted by: Nicholas Jones


DATELINE: 6/8/14

For any student of the British press the endless barrage of red-top headlines that fills the stage at the National Theatre is often as funny, or sometimes even funnier, than the script lines of Great Britain, Richard Bean's satire on tabloid journalism and the phone-hacking trial....

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Why Rupert Murdoch still needs newspapers

posted by: Justin Schlosberg


DATELINE: 30/7/14
Rupert Murdoch's latest bid for empire expansion has fallen on deaf ears. His offer to buy Time Warner for US$80 billion was resoundingly rejected by the owners of CNN, HBO and Warner Brothers. ...

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More Questions than Verdicts

posted by: Granville Williams


DATELINE: 24/6/14

At last we have the verdicts in what has been described as "the media trial of the century", but they bring little clarity and leave many questions unanswered....

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Absent voice of Arthur Scargill

posted by: Nicholas Jones


DATELINE: 7/2/14

Margaret Thatcher's cabinet papers for the 1984-5 miners' strike have raised as many questions as answers - not least about the behaviour of the South Yorkshire Police - but once again a missing voice has been that of Arthur Scargill....

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Euro-electorate in the dark

posted by: Granville Williams


DATELINE: 28/1/14
As the European Elections loom on 22 May 2014 how well-informed will the UK electorate be when they put their crosses on the ballot papers? Not very, I’m afraid....

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A Pantomime of Deceit and Disinformation

posted by: Julian Petley


DATELINE: 16/12/13
By rejecting the Royal Charter, the majority of the British press has  done exactly the opposite of what it claims it wants to achieve: keep  politicians out of press regulation......

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Journalists in the dock

posted by: Justin Schlosberg


DATELINE: 6/12/13
A little over two months ago, the Daily Mail ran an editorial describing the leader of the Labour Party's father as 'the man who hated Britain'. Although that article was widely criticised in the broader media and by politicians of all colours, it is difficult to imagine that Keith Vaz would have posed his question had that article never appeared....

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Justice and journalism both on trial

posted by: Nicholas Jones


DATELINE: 29/11/13Independent front page October 2013
As the prosecution continues to present its evidence at the Old Bailey in the case alleging phone hacking and the bribing of public officials, it is becoming increasingly clear that not only is British justice on trial but also journalism itself....

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Lobbyists: seven key myths

posted by: Tamasin Cave, Spinwatch


DATELINE: 20/11/13
This month's Lords debate on the Lobbying Bill included a statement by Lord Wallace for the government on why it is refusing to introduce a more comprehensive register of lobbyists....

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How Twitter tames the Mail

posted by: Nicholas Jones


DATELINE: 29/10/13
While the Daily Mail's editor Paul Dacre continues to lick his wounds after a mauling at the hands of what he derides as the "Twitter mob", his headline writers have had no alternative but to accept the power of social media....

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When Harry Met Rupert

posted by: Barry White


DATELINE: 28/10/13
Rupert Murdoch
On 22 October I went to hear the House of Lords' Communications Committee take evidence on media plurality from Sir Harold Evans, former editor of The Times and Sunday Times. He was followed by representatives from the Media Reform Coalition and the internet campaigning organisation Avaaz....

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"How much?" "What's it worth?": Murdoch's local news legacy

posted by: Nicholas Jones


DATELINE: 21/10/13

Across the country local press reporters will have every reason to reflect on the long-term impact of Rupert Murdoch's forty-year stewardship of some of Britain's most popular daily and Sunday newspapers....

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Digital audience for local press heralds a financial 'tipping point' in advertising revenue

posted by: Nicholas Jones


DATELINE: 14/10/13

After a decade or more of cuts and job losses a growing digital audience is holding out the prospect that local newspapers might soon be reaching a tipping point when online income outweighs the loss of print advertising....

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Did 'fact finder' Lord Justice Leveson overlook cash payments for news stories?

posted by: Nicholas Jones


DATELINE: 11/10/13
In one of the tetchiest exchanges during a select committee hearing before MPs, Lord Justice Leveson refused to get drawn into the way some tabloid newspapers continue to promise pay for information for news stories – a practice which represents one of the starkest ethical divides among British journalists....

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McBride's willing accomplices escape scrutiny

posted by: Nicholas Jones


DATELINE: 7/10/13
All too many political journalists were as complicit as the ex-spin doctor Damian McBride in helping to propagate his smear stories about the ministerial colleagues and opponents of the former Chancellor and Prime Minister Gordon Brown....

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The enemies within at the BBC

posted by: Victor Noir


DATELINE: 22/9/13
The name of the operation is Rock the BBC. Bother them, get them on Prozac, looking over their shoulders all the time. MPs and government and rival media are at it all the time....

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Look out Newsnight, new pro-war kid on the block

posted by: Victor Noir


DATELINE: 6/9/13
There is a new and surprising cheerleader in the media rabble egging on our leaders to blunder into yet another stupid and pointless Middle East war: Channel 4 news....

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Making Good Society


DATELINE: 24/10/14
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MEDIA MANIFESTO

DATELINE: 26/3/10
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.
» Read on