AUGUST MEDIA MONITORING BLOG By Georgia Tomlinson The shocking front-page photo of Aylan Kurdi – the three-year-old Syrian child who drowned in the Mediterranean whilst fleeing to Europe – published on 3 September prompted an overnight u-turn in the previous month’s reporting of the Syrian refugee humanitarian crisis. After weeks of hostile reporting, some commentators
AYLAN KURDI: IS A PHOTO REALLY WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS?
(Photo of Emily Brothers) by Brian Cathcart Two brief paragraphs written by the chair of IPSO have given us a clear insight into the power relationship between the so-called ‘toughest regulator anywhere in the developed world’ and one of the biggest papers it regulates. They come from a letter sent in July by Sir Alan
by Brian Cathcart It has been a long time coming, but the first of the big reforms recommended by the Leveson Inquiry is finally going to happen, and that is good news for all of us because it means greatly enhanced access to justice in some cases where our legal rights may have been breached.
by Brian Cathcart Rebekah Brooks is back in her old job as CEO of Rupert Murdoch’s UK newspaper operations. Here are 10 reasons why no responsible company would have appointed her. 1. By her own admission, Brooks is hopeless at oversight. This was her defence in court, when she and her lawyers satisfied
IPSO Year One: no regulation, no arbitration, no investigations, no independent auditing, weak excuses from the Chief Executive
The so-called Independent Press Standards Organisation, IPSO, was one year old this week. It was set up in defiance of the recommendations of the Leveson Inquiry, of the views of victims and the general public, and of Parliament. IPSO’s propagandists and paymasters in the British press told us that, in the words of the director
July Media Monitoring blog by Georgia Tomlinson Unnecessary detail. That was the problem with several newspaper stories in July. The sorts of details that are known to trigger copycat suicides by vulnerable people, intrusive details of individual’s identities that were irrelevant to the story, and details that crossed a line by intruding into grief and
The Mail on Sunday’s headline story “FREE HOTEL ROOMS FOR THE CALAIS STOWAWAYS” is not only inaccurate, misleading, and discriminatory, but to the extent that some of the migrants are known to be would-be asylum seekers, flies in the face of the industry’s own guidance for reporting on refugees and asylum seekers. From the outset,
June – Media Monitoring Blog By Daisy Cooper. Why would you identify someone in a newspaper (whether that person is an alleged criminal or a victim of a freak incident) as gay, trans, or as a traveller if that information was irrelevant to the story? And why would you create an impression that a group
Yesterday, the press complaints body IPSO ruled that the Telegraph had published inaccurate information in its front-page story “Sturgeon’s secret backing for Cameron”, but by way of a correction, only required the paper to publish a tiny note at the foot of its front-page. In its ruling, IPSO upheld the complaint that the Telegraph had
May – Media Monitoring Blog By Georgia Tomlinson and Daisy Cooper What happens when regulation fails and editors ignore public outrage? Here is a textbook example: last month Katie Hopkins’s opinion piece in the Sun entitled “Rescue boats? I’d rather use gunships to stop migrants” generated around 400 complaints to the press’s tame self-regulator, IPSO.