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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 […]

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 […]

Election 2010: the first internet election?

March 15, 2010


With the general election fast approaching, the debate continues to rage over what influence, if any, the internet will have on the way it is contested and the outcome. The Fabian Society’s Nick Anstead thinks the influence will be limited, and it is an opinion I find myself agreeing with. Certainly the mechanics of the […]

A digital future?

February 28, 2010


In (not quite) breaking news, The Guardian is breaking records for the success of its online brand. Clearly this is a newspaper embracing the digital age with aplomb. Whether or not it will continue to attract so many visitors should it follow one of the projected future paths of charging for online content is unclear […]

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 […]

Following the ‘decade of difference’

January 5, 2010


Charlie Beckett, the director of journalism and society think-tank POLIS, thinks that the world of journalism is capable of adapting its business models to the new technologies in this coming decade. Thank God for that, I hear students of journalism (including myself) gratefully saying. Yet Becket does not suggest any solid ideas on how online […]

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 […]