January 2012

UK broadcast regulator 'lying to justify Press TV ban'

British Office of Communications (Ofcom) claims it did not know until 2011 that Press TV's license holder in Britain did not have editorial control of the channel.The new allegations are made at a time when even some hawkish people inside the UK are raisin ...

How to deal with mental health discrimination at work

Many people are understandably hesitant to tell their employers about a mental health problem, writes Pauline Dall from UK mental health charity Mind.In our survey last year one in five people said they were afraid that even mentioning they were stressed w ...

Mayor's new bus for London bill 'out of control'

How many prototypes would you make if you were creating a bespoke vehicle? The London Transport Routemaster (absolutely no relation to the New Bus for London) was developed after four different prototypes were created by three different ...

Victims' families demand deaths in custody inquiry

Campaigners have launched an ambitious petition appeal that calls for an independent judicial inquiry into all suspicious deaths in custody in the UK.The United Families & Friends Campaign (UFFC) is a coalition of families and friends of those that hav ...

America: pissing on Afghanistan and rest of the world

Margaret KimberleyShocking video of American marines urinating on dead Afghans claimed to be Taliban fighters has sparked much debate, but unfortunately little of it has any value.The usual suspects make the expected comments. Liberals wring their hands an ...

Ex-Murdoch sidekick is still making the news

 Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks always walked the narrow path between writing the news and being herself the subject of press headlines.Her complicity in the wrongdoing of reporters at the now defunked News of the World newspaper, ...

Millions of women worldwide trapped in prostitution

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey The charity Fondation Scelles based in France, has released its latest report on sexual exploitation in which it links the oldest profession in the world directly to organised crime.According to the charity there are currently betw ...

Top media trends to watch in 2012

Federica Cherubini and Emma Heald 2011 was a big year for news in more ways than one. Reporters were amply tested in their coverage of big breaking news stories.This included the death of Osama Bin Laden or Muammar Gaddafi, major disasters such as the Fuku ...

Why the Stop Online Piracy Act 'is dangerous'

Andrew LeonardIt’s been more than 18 years since John Gilmore offered up his famous explanation of why the internet is the most powerful tool for free speech ever invented. That’s long enough for an entire generation of Wikipedia-using, Etsy-shopping, Redd ...

Black star's new album cover reignites skin colour controversy

Debbie EmeryBlack American R & B chart-topper Beyoncé has been criticised in the past for turning her back on her African-American heritage. Pale-skinned photos from her latest album cover, which make her almost unrecognisable, are sure to ad ...

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