Browsing All posts tagged under »free speech«

Steps forward in libel law reform

February 7, 2010


Most journalists await with anticipation news of libel law reform, and indeed what an incoming Conservative government might think about the current situation. The Sunday Times reported back in November that Lord Lester was drawing up a defamation reform bill to protect free speech and put an end to practices like libel tourism. It is […]

Murdoch, moguls and democracy

January 2, 2010


The vast expanse of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire means millions of people across the world are reliant on it for their news, yet this responsibility is not one that Murdoch has ever taken seriously. My view is that the provision of news is crucial to any democracy, and therefore that the it should not be […]

‘Twitter storms’

December 22, 2009


I note with amusement the thoughts of Roy Greenslade on ‘twitter storms‘, in which he appears to be, unusually for him, unsure about the impact of something on the world of media. Greenslade hits the nail on the head with one comment, but then appears to contradict himself in the rest of the piece. “If […]

Tweeting to freedom?

October 30, 2009


Twitter as a journalistic resource has been much-discussed. The social-networking site is a valuable research to reporters of all persuasions, be they lazy or conscientious. The lazy reporter picks up on something on Twitter and reports it as fact. His conscientious colleague finds the same nugget of information, then researches, checks, and double checks before reporting […]