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Finally, the actual truth on Hillsborough

October 18, 2011


“Now for the truth”. The Liverpool Daily Echo has every reason to be happy with the outcome of yesterday’s parliamentary debate on the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. Twenty-two-and-a-half years is a long time to wait for justice. But the families of the 96 Liverpool supporters who tragically died will finally get the truth after Home Secretary […]

Media Watch: Kenyan journalists still susceptible to bribery

October 12, 2011


When people hear mention of corruption in reference to Kenya, most assume that it is with regard to the ‘graft’ that has characterised the Kenyatta, Moi and Kibaki regimes in the country, or perhaps to the corruption that is endemic within the police force. These are forgivable reactions, with the Goldenberg and Anglo Leasing scandals […]

Time will tell on the philanthropy of Steve Jobs

October 11, 2011


Bill Gates: $25bn. Gordon Moore: $6.8bn Paul Allen: $1.2bn. Michael Dell: $1.2bn. Jeff Skoll: $1bn. All billionaire beneficiaries of the technological revolution who have donated vast amounts of their own wealth to philanthropy, be it through their own foundations, other organisations or promises via the Giving Pledge. The big name missing from this list? Steve […]

Murdoch wins again

March 3, 2011


There are some bits of news that, no matter how unreasonable and unwanted, you just expect. So it was no surprise to wake up this morning and find that the Con-Dems had dealt a vicious and serious blow to the plurality of the media by allowing NewsCorp to complete its takeover of BSkyB. Forget all […]

Breaking News: Couple Get Engaged

November 16, 2010


Not sure if you’ve heard, but William Windsor and Kate Middleton are getting married. Isn’t it exciting, thrilling and, for millions of girls out there who had their heart set on becoming a princess, heartbreaking? Not so much, actually. This news is so drearily expected that, as I write this, several channels are already running […]

Phone-hacking scandal rumbles on

September 8, 2010


The Andy Coulson phone-hacking scandal just refuses to go away. The prime minister’s director of communications had hoped to pour water on the story by agreeing to meet police over allegations that he was aware of phone-tapping during his time as editor of the News of the World. Yet the story refuses to go away, […]

Tarnished: The hazards of embedded journalism

June 30, 2010


The embedding system introduced prior to the Iraq war was symbolic of new, friendlier relations between the army and the military. Prospective embeds were required to receive ‘a crash course in all things military’. The US army was keen not to repeat the experience of the Vietnam War, when the military believed that the press […]