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A Sunday Times sting ends up with the stingers being stung...

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

This is one of those crazy things that can happen to undercover journalists engaging in a spot of subterfuge. Two Sunday Times investigative reporters, Jonathan Calvert and Heidi Blake, set out to discover whether it was possible to purchase a Bulgarian baby. Continue reading...

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 6:07 pm

Pickles tells five London councils to stop publishing their newspapers

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Communities minister Eric Pickles is demanding that five London councils stop publishing newspapers. He has given them a two-week ultimatum to explain why they should not face legal action.Formal letters have been sent to the councils responsible for producing East End Life, Greenwich Time, Hackney...

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 1:36 pm

Financial Times rejects Ipso in favour of its own editorial complaints system

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

The Financial Times has decided to regulate itself. The paper will not be joining the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso).The FT's editor, Lionel Barber, has told his editorial staff that, "after careful consideration" the FT will put in place its own system which will be "...

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 12:17 pm

The Sun apologises to Louis Walsh, on page 2, for a page 1 'fix' story

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

The opening clause in the editors' code of practice, about accuracy, states: "A significant inaccuracy, misleading statement or distortion once recognised must be corrected, promptly and with due prominence...""A headline in our 15 March article on Britain's Got Talent wrongly suggest...

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 10:28 am

Three Lebanese TV staff killed in Syria

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Three members of a Lebanese television news crew were shot dead in the Syrian town of Al-Maaloula, 60 km south of Damascus, on Monday (14 April). They were reporter Hajj Hassan, cameraman Mohammed Mantash and technician Halim Allaw, who worked for Al-Manar, a TV station owned by Lebanon's Hezbollah.

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 8:05 am

Daily Mirror's 'crying girl' picture lands the paper in an ethical row

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

The Daily Mirror is in hot water over today's poster-style front page image showing a little girl crying to illustrate a campaign about poverty in Britain.But the girl is not British. It was taken years ago. And she is not weeping because she is poor. In fact, she is American, the daughter of a phot...

Posted on 16 April 2014 | 4:42 pm

Syria joins list of countries where journalists' murders go unpunished

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

The targeted murders of journalists in Syria means that the war-torn country has entered the annual "impunity index" produced by the Committee to Protect Journalists' (CPJ).Syria joins Iraq, Somalia, the Philippines, and others on the list of countries where journalists are murdered regula...

Posted on 16 April 2014 | 1:57 pm

Sunday Times journalists win right to appeal over Cruddas story

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Two Sunday Times journalists have won permission to appeal against a high court judge's finding that they defamed Conservative party co-treasurer Peter Cruddas.Lord Justice Maurice Kay and Lord Justice Laws, sitting in the appeal court, gave the pair - Insight reporters John Calvert and Heidi Blake...

Posted on 16 April 2014 | 1:42 pm

Paul Weller's children awarded £10,000 for 'intrusive' Mail Online pictures

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Singer Paul Weller has been awarded £10,000 in damages because Mail Online published unpixellated pictures of three of his children.Weller sued the website's owner, Associated Newspapers, for misuse of private information on behalf of his daughter Dylan, who was 16 at the time the pictures wer...

Posted on 16 April 2014 | 1:32 pm

Pickles pursues the wrong policy as people reject local newspapers

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

The estimated population of the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham is somewhere north of 180,000. From 25 April, those residents will not have the opportunity to read a printed local weekly newspaper because Trinity Mirror is closing the Fulham & Hammersmith Chronicle.. Continue reading...

Posted on 16 April 2014 | 12:01 pm

The Sun's sports editor to leave after 29 years with Murdoch's group

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Mike Dunn, head of sport at The Sun, is to leave the newspaper. It will end his 29-year association with Rupert Murdoch's outfit, going back to the 1986 move to Wapping.He will, however, remain at the paper long enough to cover this summer's world cup. Dunn, previously sports editor at the News of t...

Posted on 15 April 2014 | 11:06 am

Publisher of UK's biggest regional daily to axe 76 jobs

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

The newspaper publisher billed as Britain's largest independent regional news company is planning a massive restructure, with the potential loss of 76 jobs.The Midland News Association (or MNA Media) is to axe staff across all departments - 12 in editorial, 12 in advertising, 21 in circulation and 1...

Posted on 15 April 2014 | 10:36 am

Pulitzer prize for The Guardian - silence from the UK's right-wing press

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

The Guardian and Washington Post have been awarded the Pulitzer prize for public service journalism for their articles about mass surveillance based on the leaks of Edward Snowden.Winning a Pulitzer is the highest accolade in US journalism and is recognised internationally. Naturally, it was reporte...

Posted on 15 April 2014 | 9:07 am

PRs outnumber journalists in the US by a ratio of 4.6 to 1

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

I have pointed out on numerous occasions that there are more PRs in Britain than journalists, which has been the case for many years. The same has also been true in the United States. New figures provided by the US department of labour show that there are now 4.6 PRs to every one journalist. And the...

Posted on 14 April 2014 | 2:28 pm

Putin and Ukraine - what newspapers think of the Russian president

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

The drama being played out in eastern Ukraine (and the UN) is an invasion by stealth by suspected Russian soldiers, says The Times's splash.Violence in a region with a large ethnic Russian population has, says The Independent report, "ratcheted up the tension in one of the worst crises in recen...

Posted on 14 April 2014 | 9:15 am

Journalists are the least well-read people, writes Giles Coren in The Times

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Giles Coren, who once let rip at sub-editors for the way they edited his column, has now taken on the whole journalistic fraternity.In his Times column on Saturday, he wrote that "without question" journalists are "the least well-read people you will ever meet (unless you regularly me...

Posted on 14 April 2014 | 7:59 am

Time raises debt mountain to acquire IPC Media

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Time, the US magazine giant, is planning to raise $1.4bn (£837m) of debt in order to fund the acquisition of its British publishing arm, IPC Media.It is part of Time's attempt to maintain ownership of its empire in the restructure caused by the spin-off from its Time-Warner parent. Previously,...

Posted on 14 April 2014 | 7:34 am

London council defies government by publishing free newspaper

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

When is a formal government warning not a warning? It's a fair question to ask the London borough of Waltham Forest.It received a letter about its continued publication of a free fortnightly newspaper, Waltham Forest News, which is prohibited under the 2014 local audit and accountability act. "...

Posted on 14 April 2014 | 7:09 am

Burmese newspapers publish black front pages after journalist is jailed

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Several Burmese newspapers printed black-bordered front pages today in protest at the recent arrests and jailing of journalists - a clear sign the country's media climate is worsening.The papers also carried a message inside the border saying: "Journalism is not a crime." Continue reading...

Posted on 11 April 2014 | 6:40 pm

Two more people arrested over payments to public officials

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

A 42-year-old woman has been arrested by detectives investigating alleged corrupt payments to public officials.Scotland Yard said the former public official was arrested at 6.10 today at her home in south London on suspicion of misconduct in public office. Continue reading...

Posted on 11 April 2014 | 1:09 pm