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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.
IMPRESS appoints chair for Appointments Panel
The IMPRESS Project has today confirmed that Aidan White, Director of the Ethical Journalism Network (pictured left), has accepted the position of Chair of the IMPRESS Appointment Panel.
Mr White, who has previously worked as a journalist for national and regional newspapers including the Guardian and the Birmingham Post and Mail, has a track record of defending press freedom, including campaigning for the National Union of Journalists and serving as general secretary of the International Federation of Journalists for 24 years. In that time, he helped create the world’s largest organisation of journalists, with members in 126 countries.
NUJ concerns about the Data Retention Bill
The NUJ is campaigning against the latest proposals contained within the new parliamentary bill and is calling on the government to ensure the code of practice is drafted to protect the obligation of professional secrecy for journalists, media workers and other professionals.
A Very Peculiar Verdict
Former News of the World editor and News International chief executive, Rebekah Brooks (pictured left with Rupert Murdoch), has been cleared of all charges in the phone-hacking trial that took the lid off the news-gathering practices of Rupert Murdoch's empire.
In what seems to be a perverse decision in the light of Brooks' acquital, her former colleague, deputy and lover, Andy Coulson, has been found guilty of one charge of conspiring to hack phones. Coulson was previously British Prime Minister David Cameron's communications chief and spin-doctor. Appointing Coulson, said Cameron in response to the verdict, "turned out to be a bad decision". Being best buddies with Brooks, however, shows only that Cameron's judgement can be flawless at times.
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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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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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media reform - us-based campaigning group also known as Free Press
media workers against the war
european journalism centre
Public Voice, a voluntary sector coalition campaigning on citizens' interests in communications.
stop war web site
indymedia: independent media
cultural studies mailing list (FAQ)
VLV (Voice of the Listener and Viewer - working for quality and diversity in British broadcasting)
pr watch's 'spin of the day'
International Network for Cultural Diversity
NUJ Brussels branch
working for change (US)
Pressnet: Journalists, Journalism and Mass Media in Internet.
wordpower: books to change our world
save welsh tv
media communications policy resources (from Katharine Sarikakis of Leeds university)
Middle East Media Guide
Taking Sides weblog on IRAQ
information clearing house
campaign for freedom of information
global village cat - access TV worldwide
bad subjects: political education for everyday life - from the University of California at Berkeley
media watch mailing list
columbia journalism review
arab media watch
red pepper - campaigning journal & web site
New book: Creating Fear - News and the construction of crisis, David L. Altheide
jihad unspun - 'a clear view of the war against terror'
International News Safety Institute
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.
International Women's Media Foundation - US based organisation aimed at increasing women's participation in the media.
vertigo - independent UK film magazine
alter-eu - The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation
Alliance for Lobbying Transparency
international federation of journalists
cris - the campaign for communication rights in the information society
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.
Observatoire Français des Médias (French only)
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.
undercurrents (for the news you don't see on the news)
RAM (Refugees, Asylum-seekers and the Mass media) project bulletin
allmediascotland - a directory and portal for the scottish media industry
send e-mail to altmedia (you have to subscribe first)