Free Press

GCHQ, the Guardian and British Political Culture: Lessons From the Snowden Leaks

Marienna Pope-Weidemann | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Marienna Pope-Weidemann

owever powerful the pressure to conform, to take the cheque and keep quiet, there will always be those who, moved by injustice, will speak out. But it counts for little, unless we all speak out together.

Chinese Police Wrestle CNN And BBC Reporters Outside Trial Of Activist

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

CNN has been blocked in China after cameras captured police "kicking, punching and pushing" a reporter who was covering the trial of a human rights ac...

Lucy Sherriff

University Hides Critical Student Newspapers In Time For Open Day..

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 05.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A university removed student newspapers from corridors in time for an open day because the front page criticised the institution's job cuts and it did...

British Journalist, Shot In 'Attempted Assassination' In Sri Lanka

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.02.2013 | UK

A British journalist is in intensive care in a Sri Lankan hospital after being shot in what a senior United Nations official said was an attempted ass...

Stopping the Press

Francesca Mitchell | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Francesca Mitchell

The idea of the free press is a product of modern democratic systems, and one that such systems purportedly support and aspire to. According to Reporters Without Borders, a French-founded organisation campaigning for freedom of expression and information worldwide, almost half of the world's population is denied this liberty.

Après Leveson: How Will the Rest of the World React to changes in British Press Regulation?

Huw L. Hopkins | Posted 05.04.2013 | UK
Huw L. Hopkins

This double standard of what behaviour is expected from a 'free press', not just in Britain, but throughout the world, throws up the question; how is the inquiry seen by the rest of the world, and will it affect the way foreign media outlets are regulated?

Leveson's Fatal Contradiction

Sir Christopher Meyer | Posted 04.03.2013 | UK Politics
Sir Christopher Meyer

There is nothing in any of the proposals aired at the inquiry or in Leveson or in the hubbub since that will make regulatory issues any more tractable than they have been for over the last two decades. Heaven knows, the PCC needed more muscle and more independence. But, there is no half-decent system of press regulation in the world that does not begin with the taking of complaints from the public. Yet Leveson rejected the notion that a complaints-driven system could justify calling itself a regulator.

Journalism, What Have You Done?

Hannah Brooks | Posted 13.02.2013 | UK
Hannah Brooks

Obviously I'm not saying that we should enforce a major crackdown on the press in the form of regulation, but I do think something needs to be done and fast, especially if we are ever going to gain the public and the celebrities faith back.

Could Leveson Provide a Quality Future and Strong Brand for UK Print Journalism?

Jonny Mulligan | Posted 13.02.2013 | UK
Jonny Mulligan

Is what's being offered enough to rehabilitate the reputation of the media? When they have to make a profit and balance that against dong the "right thing" - is this not too much to ask? Is it a feasible proposal?

The Regulation of Rights: Leveson's Reforms are Right but Antidemocratic

Liam Atkinson | Posted 01.02.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Atkinson

The point here is not to say that the press should remain all but unregulated, it is to highlight how the decision to regulate links to a more fundamental issue of the origin of legitimate power in our society.

Leveson Advocates the Slippery Slope of State Intervention in the Press

Peter Kellow | Posted 01.02.2013 | UK Politics
Peter Kellow

The Leveson Report tries to deal head on with the current problems with the press as it sees them. However, on this occasion, I would give full marks ...

Leveson, Power and the Journalist's Brain

Professor Ian Robertson | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Ian Robertson

Power has neurological effects on the brain which can include a distortion of thinking, a degrading of morals and a blunting of empathy. Democracy and its artifacts were invented to counteract this neurological condition and a free press is one of the great inventions of democracy.

The Myth of the Free Press: Why You Should Ignore the Fake 'Free Speech Naysayers

Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK Politics
Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed

It is not in the public interest to have a press capable of running riot in the deliberate manufacture of false news which serves the interests of power. It is in the public interest to have a press which the public can hold to account when it fakes news in the interests of power, and which can thus counterbalance its overwhelming dominance by corporate conglomerates.

How a By-Election Proves State Regulation of the Press is WRONG

Neil Wallis | Posted 27.01.2013 | UK Politics
Neil Wallis

IF they succeed MPs will get the press they want - supine, acquiescent, unquestioning and dull like in state regulated France - rather than the impertinent, rude, awkward, partisan, iconoclastic press they absolutely deserve.

Freed: Greek Journalist Who Printed 2,000 Names Of Alleged 'Tax Evaders'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 01.11.2012 | UK

A Greek journalist who published the names of more than 2,000 fellow citizens who keep their money in Swiss bank accounts has been acquitted of violat...

Boris Johnson Defends 'Our Imperilled Press'

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 29.10.2012 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson has leapt to the defence of Britain's free press, emphasising his support for "our imperilled" media by saying it would be a national tr...

World Press Freedom Day 2012: Protecting Freedom of Expression Online

Jeremy Browne | Posted 02.07.2012 | UK Politics
Jeremy Browne

Media freedom has the power to transform societies and to change the course of history. Over the past year, across the Middle East and North Africa, ordinary citizens found their voices using social media and blogs. But freedom of expression continues to be repressed in many countries and some have seen a significant decline in media freedoms. Around the world, journalists, bloggers and others have been obstructed from doing their work by being harassed, monitored, detained, or subjected to violence.

Tabloid Journalism: The Press We Demand

Mark Fletcher-Brown | Posted 24.01.2012 | UK
Mark Fletcher-Brown

The tabloid diet sells. The UK loves stories involving celebrities, sex, drugs and rock and roll. We love to see people in high places fall from grace. And we love to watch nobodies live the dream - provided we can watch their fall in full Technicolor afterwards.

A Self-Regulating Press is the Only Way to Protect our Media

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 09.01.2012 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

The existence of the internet means that people will publish what they want when they want to. If we enforce restrictions on what we can publish in this country, people will write online blogs and write for foreign publications. If our most reliable UK sources are choked off, people will be forced to rely on publications that are less reputable, and perhaps even illegal.