Free speech campaigners launch drive for independent press regulator
Leading free speech campaigners and journalists including Sir Harold Evans, former Editor of the Sunday Times, today announced plans to develop a new press regulator which will be independent of newspaper proprietors and politicians.
Sir Tim launches citizen's web campaign
FINANCIAL TIMES. London, 5 December 2013. Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web (pictured left), has thrown his weight behind a new campaign to encourage people across the world to fight back against online censorship and surveillance, writes Robert Cookson in the Financial Times on 5 December.
In a letter to the Financial Times on Thursday, Sir Tim wrote that "now is the time for citizens to mobilise to demand that governments and companies respect and protect our basic freedoms online".
Publish and be proud
Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger (pictured left) is to appear before the House of Commons home affairs select committee tomorrow (3 December) to be questioned about the revelation of NSA and GCHQ surveillance leaked by the Edward Snowden and published by the Guardian and Observer.
This NUJ chapel, representing the overwhelming majority of journalists at both titles, strongly supports the editor's decision to publish this information of vital public interest and his defence of the freedom of the press to hold government and corporate interests to account.
A year after Leveson: Has the British press cleaned up its act?
One year ago, Lord Justice Leveson delivered his damning report on the "culture, practices and ethics" of the British press. Called into action following the revelations of widespread phone hacking at the best-selling (and now defunct) News of the World tabloid, Leveson concluded that sections of the press "had wreaked havoc with the lives of innocent people whose rights and liberties have been disdained."
New Labour's fatal flaw: an addiction to spin
All honour to ex-spin doctor Damian McBride, writes Nicholas Jones in his review of McBride's new book, for trying to shield Gordon Brown from any blame for the numerous attempts he made to smear political colleagues and opponents of the former Chancellor of the Exchequer and Prime Minister. But Brown, like Tony Blair before him, cannot shirk responsibility for having encouraged a culture which created a generation of aggressive attack dogs for whom un-attributable briefings became a way of life.
Ukrainian independent news site hits back at hijackers
On 19 September, a German internet service provider took down a copycat web site that was using 'dirty tricks' against Ukraine's main independent news outlet, Ukrainska Pravda (UP). The site had hijacked UP's distinctive logo – Picasso's sketch of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza searching for the truth – and featured personal attacks on journalists on UP and other leading publications. It used hacked emails in stories aimed at discrediting the independent media.
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Post-War Free Press and Creativity Seminar with Redeye, the Photography Network
Redeye, the Photography Network, a not for profit photography organisation based in Manchester, is holding a one-day seminar on Post-war free press and creativity at the Imperial War Museum North, the Quays, Manchester, on the 1st of December (11:15am to 3:45pm).
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Production Orders- A Threat to Press Freedom
The National Union of Journalists is keeping up the pressure on the government to refuse police additional powers to strengthen what are known as production orders. It has been campaigning against changing the Police and Criminal Evidence Act which would give them even greater powers to seize material from the news media.
As it stands, the Police currently have to prove they had tried themselves to obtain the necessary images or evidence, however if the proposed changes are introduced, this caveat would be removed and their ability to seize Special Procedure Material would become a matter of routine, seriously and negatively impacting UK press freedom.
This latest CPBF podcast explores the threat facing those who report, photograph and film events where public order is at stake and hears of the efforts by the NUJ's legal officer Roy Mincoff and Photojournalist Jason Parkinson, to keep Police powers at bay.
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DOWNLOAD FREEPRESS NOW
Download Freepress in PDF, ePub or mobi format. Issue 196 now available.
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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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Civil Rights Movement
media watch mailing list
committee to protect journalists
corporation watch (US)
Disinformation - US site combining analysis, rumour, paranoia and alternative lifestyles.
Observatoire Français des Médias (French only)
ePolitix - get your own e-mail news feed
jihad unspun - 'a clear view of the war against terror'
information clearing house
sp media watch
vertigo - independent UK film magazine
european journalism centre
archives of the weekly spin
writers' guild of great britain
British Helsinki Human Rights Group
alter-eu - The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation
bectu (broadcast, entertainment, cinematograph and theatre union)
world commission on the social dimension of globalisation (ilo)
ideosphere: non-profit media consultancy (sweden)
campaign for freedom of information
pr watch's 'spin of the day'
media alliance (US)
Public Voice, a voluntary sector coalition campaigning on citizens' interests in communications.
AllConferences.Com - Directory of Conferences, conventions, exhibits, seminars, workshops, events, trade shows and business meetings. Includes calendar, dates, location, web site, contact and registration information.
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.
columbia journalism review
VLV (Voice of the Listener and Viewer - working for quality and diversity in British broadcasting)
signs of the times
One World TV
International Network for Cultural Diversity
media workers against the war
Taking Sides weblog on IRAQ
world association for christian communication (WACC)
michael moore's site
national union of journalists (UK & Ireland)
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
cultural studies mailing list (FAQ)
bad subjects: political education for everyday life - from the University of California at Berkeley
spinwatch - monitoring PR and spin in the public interest (independent UK-based group)
NUJ New Media industrial council
media reform - us-based campaigning group also known as Free Press
undercurrents (for the news you don't see on the news)
save welsh tv
arab media watch
indymedia: independent media