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Rupert Murdoch's UK company pays out over email hacking claim

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

British-Irish Rights Watch wins confidential settlement over legal action It has emerged that a legal claim over email hacking made against Rupert Murdoch's former UK outfit, News International, has been quietly settled.The details of the settlement between the publisher and the claimants - Jane Win...

Posted on 4 March 2015 | 4:36 pm

Paul Vickers must step down from Ipso now we know about Mirror hacking

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Former Trinity Mirror legal director should quite the press regulatorIt's blindingly obvious that Paul Vickers should stand down as chair of the funding body for the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso). Hacked Off is right to call for his resignation. Vickers was the legal director of Tr...

Posted on 4 March 2015 | 2:42 pm

Mirror group phone hacking is not getting headlines it deserves

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Too many newspapers have failed to give the story appropriate coveragePhone hacking was "rife" and reached an "industrial scale" at the Daily and Sunday Mirror and at the Sunday People from 1999 until 2009. If you read the Guardian, this will not be a surprise. It was carried prominently on this web...

Posted on 4 March 2015 | 11:17 am

Derby Telegraph breached three clauses of the editors' code, says Ipso

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Regulator finds paper invaded girl's privacy after she was injured in an accidentA newspaper that published a picture of a schoolgirl who had been injured in a road accident has been censured by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) for three separate breaches of the editors' code of p...

Posted on 4 March 2015 | 9:10 am

Colombian radio journalist murdered, the second to die in three weeks

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Presenter who criticised police and political corruption is shot dead Radio presenter Edgar Quintero became the second Colombian journalist to be murdered in three weeks on Monday (2 March) when a gunman shot him as he entered a baker's shop near his workplace.The killer arrived by motorbike and, af...

Posted on 4 March 2015 | 8:18 am

Is it wrong to publish this photograph of Mohammed Emwazi?

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Do we think young Muslims will regard the Isis murderer as a role model?A journalist friend calls from Paris to leave a heartfelt message on my phone: "My darling Roy, please tell your friends on the Guardian they should stop making Jihadi John into a catwalk star... everywhere it says that he was v...

Posted on 3 March 2015 | 9:21 am

Slovenian journalists accused of defaming competition protection agency

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

OSCE press freedom representative calls for criminal code to be amendedThe Slovenian authorities should stop prosecuting journalists for what they write by amending the country's criminal code, says Dunja Mijatović, the media freedom representative of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation...

Posted on 2 March 2015 | 11:04 am

The Sun no longer has any political clout, says Andrew Neil

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

He may be right, but mainstream newspapers still set the political agenda"I don't even read the Sun and it's my job to read everything that's politically important. I think that's a symbol of the declining power of the mainstream media".So says Andrew Neil, presenter, among other things, of the BBC...

Posted on 2 March 2015 | 9:57 am

Johnston Press chief 'excited' by possibility of news deal with BBC

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Ashley Highfield delighted by MPs' call for local and regional collaboration"I am heartened and excited", says Ashley Highfield, chief executive of Johnston Press. In these straitened times for local and regional newspapers, that's an unusually upbeat statement.He is referring to the section about l...

Posted on 27 February 2015 | 8:45 am

Why journalists can’t afford to ignore religion - Media Society debate

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Ed Stourton to chair seminar discussion on the coverage of faith issuesFaith unites and faith divides. And the media coverage of religion has proved to be unusually problematic down the years, especially since the creation of Britain's multicultural society.Why is that? And what should editors and j...

Posted on 27 February 2015 | 7:59 am

BBC future report: collaborate with regional newspaper publishers

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

MPs urge public service broadcaster to back commercial press with licence fee moneyAre we about to see the BBC and the regional press, to use my colleague John Plunkett's endearing phrase, "getting into bed with each other"?Clearly, the MPs want to see the public service broadcaster and commercial p...

Posted on 26 February 2015 | 2:13 pm

The Tablet set to celebrate its 175th year of continuous publication

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Catholic weekly founded in 1840 plans series of events to mark its anniversaryThe Tablet, the Catholic weekly regarded as one of Britain's oldest journals*, is about to celebrate 175 years of uninterrupted publication.Founded in May 1840 by a Quaker convert to Catholicism, Frederick Lucas, it is pub...

Posted on 26 February 2015 | 1:21 pm

Al-Jazeera journalists arrested for flying drone over centre of Paris

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Authorities alarmed by multiple drone sightings over the French capitalThree Al-Jazeera journalists were arrested in Paris yesterday on suspicion of flying a drone over the city's landmarks, reports The Local, citing a judicial source said."The first was piloting the drone, the second was filming an...

Posted on 26 February 2015 | 11:13 am

Republic group calls for inquiry into BBC's shelved Diana documentary

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Producer claims 2007 programme was not screened to avoid upsetting Prince CharlesThe anti-monarchist campaigning group Republic has called for an investigation into the reasons that the BBC failed to screen a documentary about Princess Diana in 2007.The programme, Diana In Her Own Words, was made by...

Posted on 26 February 2015 | 10:35 am

Regional newspaper titles suffer yet more substantial sales declines

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

But all publishers can point to the fact that their audiences are moving onlineSales of regional newspapers, meaning their newsprint versions, declined further in the final six months of 2014, according to the latest figures realised by ABC.That, in itself, is hardly surprising. But the overall fall...

Posted on 25 February 2015 | 1:16 pm

Get the Daily and Sunday Express, Britain's liveliest newspapers, free

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Titles that have been 'at the forefront of great journalism for 115 years'A letter from the editors of the Daily and Sunday Express has arrived in the post and I feel I must share its contents with you:Dear Mr Greenslade,If you haven't seen the Daily and Sunday Express recently, you're in for a real...

Posted on 24 February 2015 | 12:19 pm

Daily Mail group attacked over plan to demolish iconic Plymouth offices

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Architect and councillor upset at possible loss of the city's 'big glass ship'I see that the Daily Mail & General Trust (DMGT) is getting a little heat over its decision to demolish an old newspaper office in Plymouth. According to a HoldTheFrontPage report, the company has applied to the city's...

Posted on 24 February 2015 | 11:33 am

Swiss journalists who used covert filming win press freedom judgment

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

ECHR judges rule that TV documentary makers were right use hidden camerasA judgment in favour of press freedom delivered today by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) could not be more timely in view of the Daily Telegraph/Channel 4 cash-for-access investigation.The court decided that four Swis...

Posted on 24 February 2015 | 10:54 am

Daily Telegraph's cash-for-access film clips condemn grasping MPs

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Why newspaper's exposé of Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw was justified I rarely pass on the many newspaper spelling errors and/or typos sent to me on a regular basis. But this Daily Telegraph mistake, on its iPad edition, was too good to ignore.The guy who spotted it gleefully wrote:"I found the im...

Posted on 24 February 2015 | 9:34 am

Ipso names three 'lay members' of the editors' code committee

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Post-Leveson press regulator puts another brick in its wall of independenceThe Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) has announced the appointment of three lay members to the editors' code of practice committee. Here they are:Christine Elliott, chief executive of the Institute for Turnarou...

Posted on 23 February 2015 | 11:37 am