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No plea entered in Andy Coulson perjury case
The High Court in Glasgow yesterday saw proceedings begin against former News of the World editor and government director of communications Andy Coulson on three charges of perjury.
Rupert Murdoch withdraws $80bn bid for Time Warner takeover
Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox has scrapped its bid to take over Time Warner, a move that would have created a media behemoth and was widely seen as the crowning deal of Murdoch's mogul career.
Protesters occupy the BBC for it's biased reporting of Israel's assault on Gaza
The BBC, refusing to explain the occupation of Palestine, is now occupied itself: "Seems likely to be the only time an occupation is commented on," says comedian Mark Thomas. Campaigners have occupied the lawn outside BBC Bristol over its Gaza reporting.
Operation Pinetree: two charged
In December 2013, the Metropolitan Police Service submitted evidence for charging advice to the CPS in relation to Operation Pinetree, an investigation into an alleged conspiracy to hack phone messages by journalists at the News of the World. Additional evidence in the case was provided in June 2014. The file asked for charging advice on eight suspects; all were formerly employed at the News of the World. On 16 July 2014, the CPS announced that six of those individuals would face no further action whilst the evidence in relation to two further suspects remained under review. That review has now concluded
BSkyB to buy Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland for £4.9bn cash
BSkyB is to become a pan-European broadcasting company after agreeing to buy Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland from their parent group, Fox, for a combined £4.9bn in cash. Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox will maintain its 39% stake in the enlarged Sky, which will bring together 20 million customers in three of Europe's richest economies.
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IMPRESS appoints chair for Appointments Panel
Stop the attacks on media in Gaza
A Very Peculiar Verdict
Murdoch's Channel 5 bid
Blair, Brooks and the Murdoch connection: another insight
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
Reporting NHS privatisation
Since 1948, the NHS has been publically funded, and free to all at the point of need, however, it's now undergoing massive reforms and campaigners say that it's being broken up, privatised and changed beyond recognition. Services will suffer and the NHS as we know it will be no more. Despite this, the reporting of the decimation of the NHS has been sketchy, and although local papers and radio have produced some compelling stories, national coverage has been minimal in detailing these complex issues.
Keep Our NHS Public is a campaign aimed at raising public awareness and Nick Jones speaks to John Lister, Jill George, Roger Gartland and Jean Smith about their lobbying efforts.
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The 84 miners' strike remembered
Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign (events in 2014)
The Picnic at Orgreave Sat 14 June
Durham Miners' Gala 12 July
The Tolpuddle Festival Tolpuddle, Dorset, Fri 18 - Sun 20 July
South Yorkshire Festival Wortley Hall, Barnsley, 16 August
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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MINERS' STRIKE REMEMBERED ON FACEBOOK
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DOWNLOAD FREEPRESS NOW
Download Freepress in PDF, ePub or mobi format. Issues 197,198 and 199 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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world association for christian communication (WACC)
allmediascotland - a directory and portal for the scottish media industry
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.
world commission on the social dimension of globalisation (ilo)
RAM (Refugees, Asylum-seekers and the Mass media) project bulletin
Brass Check TV
media reform - us-based campaigning group also known as Free Press
red pepper - campaigning journal & web site
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
pr watch's 'spin of the day'
undercurrents (for the news you don't see on the news)
Exiled Journalists Network
bad subjects: political education for everyday life - from the University of California at Berkeley
bectu (broadcast, entertainment, cinematograph and theatre union)
British Helsinki Human Rights Group
Civil Rights Movement
spinwatch - monitoring PR and spin in the public interest (independent UK-based group)
working for change (US)
information clearing house
Corporate Europe Observatory: CEO is a European-based research and campaign group targeting the threats to democracy, equity, social justice and the environment posed by the economic and political power of corporations and their lobby groups.
Alliance for Lobbying Transparency
vertigo - independent UK film magazine
Observatoire Français des Médias (French only)
signs of the times
US Free Press
corporation watch (US)
jihad unspun - 'a clear view of the war against terror'
michael moore's site
notwar.net - quirky international peace group with details of hundreds of campaigning peace groups
Schnews - weekly newsletter from: Justice? Brighton's Direct Action Collective
columbia journalism review
medialens: the real news from the US
save welsh tv
International Network for Cultural Diversity
VLV (Voice of the Listener and Viewer - working for quality and diversity in British broadcasting)
Index on Censorship - international campaign for free expression, based on publication and website
International News Safety Institute
cultural studies mailing list (FAQ)
subscribe to 'the weekly spin'
european journalism centre
European Institute for the Media
ideosphere: non-profit media consultancy (sweden)
New book: Creating Fear - News and the construction of crisis, David L. Altheide
Ofcom website - the uk's broadcasting and telecoms regulator
stop war web site
Taking Sides weblog on IRAQ