Tag: William Horsley

Two thoughts on Nick Robinson’s plea for a re-think on journalism

Nick Robinson told some awkward truths about Britain’s broadcasting media in the inaugural Steve Hewlett Lecture on Thursday: above all the need for them to up their game by defending impartiality and engaging ‘dissident’ voices. He captured the excitement and confusion of the great debate about ‘whose side the media is on’ which comes from the mainstream media swimming in the same ocean of facts, half-facts and ‘alt facts’ as all comers in the era of the Internet, smart phone and self-broadcasting apps like Periscope.

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Press freedom watchers see threats from enemies within

In advance of World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, Reporters Without Borders has published its 2017 World Press Freedom Index. In RWB’s assessment, almost across the board, countries known as democracies have fallen back in press freedom terms because of the negative impact of laws, regulations and cases of criminalising journalism: among them the US, the UK, Canada, Poland and Hungary.

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