Stories categorized “Problems with journalism”:

Politicians who challenge Murdoch have nothing to lose but their fear

Published April 2015.

Published by The Guardian April 6 2015 Five years ago, as he prepared to fight the general election of May 2010, the then prime minister Gordon Brown instructed officials to write him a particularly risky speech. It attacked the press. More than that, it attacked Rupert and James Murdoch by name, defending the BBC against […]

Chains that bind the ‘free’ press

Published January 2015.

Published by New Internationalist magazine January 1 2015 The British press was born free but it is everywhere in chains. Some of those chains are financial. As the Internet takes away our readers and advertisers, news organisations struggle to find the money to pay for basic news gathering and even more so for long, complicated […]

Murdoch meets his match

Published May 2012.

Published by the Guardian April 27 2012 Rupert Murdoch is in trouble. In two days as a witness at the Leveson inquiry, he has blocked and blasted, smeared and smiled and, at the end of it, this most powerful of men still has his ankle caught in the snare of scandal. He is vulnerable. This […]

The holes in Murdoch’s denials

Published May 2012.

Published by the Guardian April 26 2012 At one point in his evidence yesterday, when he was trying to explain how he dealt with politicians, Rupert Murdoch volunteered: “I’m not good at holding my tongue.” It must drive his advisers crazy. The plan clearly was for Castle Murdoch to be defended with well-constructed walls of […]

Questions Rupert Murdoch should answer

Published May 2012.

Published by the Guardian April 25 2012 All of the questions are directed to testing key allegations. References to the activities of Rupert Murdoch should be taken to cover those acting on his behalf. 1. Allegation: that Rupert Murdoch attempted to influence the government’s decision on whether to approve NewsCorp’s bid to take over all […]

Hacking scandal reaches for the heart of government

Published May 2012.

Published by the Guardian April 25 2012 Now we come to the dark heart of this strange affair. Critics of the Murdochs often have suspected that they have exploited their position as newspaper owners to win secret favours from governments – and the Murdochs and the politicians alike have denied it. Now, for the first […]

Emails reveal how Murdoch’s man sought influence

Published May 2012.

Published by the Guardian April 25 2012 Sometimes half a dozen confidential texts and emails a day would fly back and forth between the culture secretary’s Cockspur Street office just off Trafalgar Square and the News Corporation team promoting the takeover bid for BSkyB. It was a remarkable level of apparent intimacy with Jeremy Hunt, […]

Questions James Murdoch should answer

Published May 2012.

Published by the Guardian April 24 2012 All of the questions are directed to testing key allegations. References to the activities of James Murdoch should be taken to cover those acting on his behalf. 1. Allegation: that the Sun’s decision to support the Conservatives at the 2010 election was traded for Tory support for the […]

Sky admits its reporter hacked emails

Published May 2012.

Published by the Guardian April 6 2012 with Dan Sabbagh and Robert Booth Sky News has admitted one of its senior executives authorised a journalist to conduct email hacking on two occasions that it said were “in the public interest” – even though intercepting emails is a prima facie breach of the Computer Misuse Act, […]

The Sun loses its power to bully – for a while

Published May 2012.

Published by the Guardian February 28 2012 The phone-hacking scandal never was simply a story about journalists behaving badly: it was and is about power. Yesterday, in an outbreak of peculiarly destructive evidence, Lord Justice Leveson’s courtroom became a battle field for two parts of a defining power struggle. The first was short term. In […]

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