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BBC and the local press - it's time for a proper, factual inquiry

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

James Harding's report has upset publishers, but where does the truth lie?What's more important to citizens - journalism or commerce? Which is more valuable to our democracy - public information or private profit? What matters most to people - holding power to account or acting as power's PR?These a...

Posted on 30 January 2015 | 11:33 am

Afghanistan claims to have arrested journalist's murderer

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Spy agency announces detention of man suspected of killing Nils HornerA man has been arrested for the murder of the British-Swedish radio journalist Nils Horner in Kabul last year, according to a Reuters report. Afghanistan's main spy agency announced that it has detained the commander of a Taliban...

Posted on 30 January 2015 | 8:25 am

New York Times editor: we failed to do our job after 9/11

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Dean Baquet admits that US mainstream media did not ask 'hard questions' about Bush administration's prosecution of so-called war on terrorDean Baquet, the executive editor of the New York Times, believes his newspaper - in company with the US mainstream media - failed their audiences after 9/11. He...

Posted on 28 January 2015 | 8:49 am

Print crowd gives a warm welcome to digital pioneer’s Hugh Cudlipp lecture

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

But will Emily Bell's call for a rapprochement between social media and traditional news outlets be heard?The audience at the annual Hugh Cudlipp memorial lecture has a wide age gap. At one end are grizzled veterans of old Fleet Street well into their 80s. At the other are scores of 20-something wan...

Posted on 28 January 2015 | 8:32 am

Daily Telegraph's holocaust article in 1942 that went unheralded

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Newspaper tells tragic story behind its original report of the mass murder of JewsThe Daily Telegraph tells a fascinating story today behind one of its greatest unheralded scoops from the past that should have set the news agenda but, sadly, did not.On this, Holocaust Memorial Day and the 70th anniv...

Posted on 27 January 2015 | 10:57 am

US investors enjoy profits from Canada's ailing newspapers

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

They're picking the carcass clean, writes Toronto Star business columnistCanada's free press and its citizens are paying a heavy price to satisfy the short-term profit-seeking of US financiers who now control many of the country's newspapers, writes the Toronto Star's business columnist, David Olive...

Posted on 27 January 2015 | 9:41 am

Japan hoping to work with Jordan to free journalist from Isis

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Japanese prime minister calls for release of reporter Kenji GotoJapan is hoping to work with Jordan in order to secure the release of journalist Kenji Goto, who is held by Islamic State (Isis) militants, reports Reuters.It follows the murder last week of another Japanese captive, Haruna Yukawa. Cont...

Posted on 27 January 2015 | 9:10 am

Trinity Mirror should come clean about phone hacking

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Law professor raises questions following high court allegations against publisherLast Friday's front page article in the Independent, Hacking by Mirror 'worse than at Murdoch papers', confirmed my view that Trinity Mirror had failed to hold an internal inquiry of sufficient rigour when the hacking s...

Posted on 26 January 2015 | 12:26 pm

Rupert Murdoch berates 'horrible elites' over the Sun's Page 3

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Publisher's tweet scorns those who 'yak on' about use of topless picturesRupert Murdoch is unhappy about the "fuss and publicity" over the fate of the Sun's Page 3, as this tweet shows.Much fuss and publicity in UK as horrible elites yak on about Page 3. Worry not, The Sun will always have great loo...

Posted on 26 January 2015 | 11:43 am

Greece: the signal that the era of manager-politicians has ended

Posted by George Brock

Tweet That headline does not refer to the fact that there is now going to be a tense negotiation between Greece and the powers of the eurozone and, most probably, currency turbulence in Europe. The election which has brought Syriza to power in Athens marks something a little broader: the...

Posted on 26 January 2015 | 9:30 am

Ex-policeman confesses to murder of abducted Mexican journalist

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Reporter's decapitated body is found three weeks after his disappearance The body of a Mexican journalist who was abducted by armed men three weeks ago has been found. And, according to authorities in Veracruz state, a former police officer has confessed to murdering Moises Sanchez, claiming he did...

Posted on 26 January 2015 | 9:21 am

Argentine journalist explains why he fled the country

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Reporter tells of 'crazy' incidents after breaking story of prosecutor's deathA reporter who fled Argentina after breaking a story about an Argentine prosecutor's death has been talking about the reasons for his flight.Damian Pachter, who flew to Israel, had reported that the prosecutor, Alberto Nis...

Posted on 26 January 2015 | 8:54 am

Daily Mirror runs a page 3 with 18 tits (all feathered)

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

The Sun's rival indulges in a flight of fancy with a special page 3 of its ownPage 3 of today's Daily Mirror is dominated by a large photograph of garden birds. It's a neat response to the week's publicity enjoyed by its rival, the Sun, over the fate of its Page 3 topless pictures. The caption says:...

Posted on 24 January 2015 | 10:55 am

What exactly is the benefit to the UK of Air Miles Andy's work?

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Prince Andrew's Davos speech poses an important question about his royal roleThe Duke of York (aka Prince Andrew, aka Air Miles Andy, aka Randy Andy) addressed his current problems at Davos yesterday with the shortest of statements.In dismissing allegations that he had sex with an American teenager,...

Posted on 23 January 2015 | 11:29 am

The Sun's peekaboo Page 3 gives readers a mixed message

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Rupert Murdoch and David Dinsmore must stop dithering over topless picturesThe Sun is playing peekaboo. One day the tits are out, another they are covered up. Thursday's Page 3 looked like a traditional "girl", with added wink, while the page on Friday featured a model in underwear.Clearly, the news...

Posted on 23 January 2015 | 11:16 am

Tory MP accuses CPS of pursuing vendetta against Sun journalists

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

'I don't think the CPS is looking at the public interest', she says A Conservative MP has accused the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) of "pursuing a vendetta" against Sun journalists charged with paying public officials.It follows the CPS's announcement to stage a retrial of four Sun staff immediate...

Posted on 23 January 2015 | 7:42 am

Burundian journalist arrested after reporting on murder of nuns

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

He faces charge of being an accomplice to murder by interviewing an alleged perpetratorProminent Burundian journalist Bob Rugurika was arrested days after his radio station broadcast a series of investigative reports into the murder of three Italian nuns, reports Human Rights Watch (HRW). The broadc...

Posted on 23 January 2015 | 7:03 am

No More Page 3 inspires campaign against topless pictures in Germany

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Women launch petition against Bild's use of sexualised images The No More Page 3 campaigners will be pleased to know that their activities have given heart to women in Germany who are trying to persuade the country's biggest newspaper to stop publishing topless pictures. Sophia Becker and her friend...

Posted on 23 January 2015 | 7:02 am

Why it is wrong to subject the Sun journalists to a retrial

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

They are scapegoats twice over, so the Crown Prosecution Service should think againI cannot believe that the four Sun journalists who have been on trial for three-and-a-half months at Kingston crown court are going to be subjected to a retrial.The Crown Prosecution Service must realise by now that t...

Posted on 22 January 2015 | 1:18 pm

Veteran journalist launches 'constituency TV' in London borough

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

John Dale believes he has invented new television format ahead of the general electionJohn Dale, former national newspaper investigative reporter and magazine editor, believes he has invented - or stumbled across - a new television format: constituency TV.Dale launched a Facebook page and a YouTube...

Posted on 22 January 2015 | 12:12 pm