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    Whittingdale and the ex-dominatrix: conspiracy of silence or good press behaviour?

Whittingdale and the ex-dominatrix: conspiracy of silence or good press behaviour?

This is the original version of an article that appeared in Newsweek on 13.4.16.

The John Whittingdale ‘dominatrix’ story is a classic case study of the eternal balancing act between the right to privacy and the public interest in disclosure. In practice this is rarely a purely ethical or editorial decision. Inevitably, legal, political and taste issues will come into […]

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Nick Davies and journalism’s bullying culture

Polis Intern Alex Forbess reports on the latest Polis Media Agenda Talk featuring The Guardian’s Nick Davies.

It seems simple:  if you see a child picking on one of his classmates, a parent, teacher, or even a police officer, would intervene and tell him to stop. But investigative journalist Nick Davies says there was no such protective reaction to the raw, […]

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The world’s hacks now think that UK press is less free – they may be right

One fact that can unite all sides in the post-Leveson press regulation debate is that the world now thinks that British journalists are less free and less likely to be free in the future. This perception may be caused by false representations of the issues by the UK media or simple ignorance of the facts. But there is no doubt […]

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What principles should guide regulation in the Internet age?

Only 3% of internet users have internet speeds slower than 2 mpbs and are without access to good broadband connections, which means that the internet has become not only increasingly pervasive but also far more accessible than it was before. For David Mahoney, director of Policy Development at Ofcom, this means we have to think how we regulate this digital […]

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From fee to mutual? What kind of BBC do you want to emerge from Charter Renewal?

If the BBC is such great value then why do we have to take 180,000 people to court every year to make them pay for it? In answering that question we soon get into a discussion about how public service broadcasting should be financed and what role it has in relation to the increasingly convergent media industries. That is a […]

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