March 2012

Blogger pays heavy price in defamation lawsuit

A self-styled investigative blogger in the US must pay a financial company $2.5 million for a single blog post in which she accused it of tax fraud, after a federal judge refused to grant her request for a new jury trial. Obsidian Finance Group and its co- ...

Champion of equal rights for Black healthcare users remembered

Celebrated Black activist and artist Peter Scott Blackman, 71, lost his fight against cancer earlier this month. Here, Oliver Barrett recalls other heroic battles fought and won by Blackman. The large crowd of people assembled outside Kilburn Tube station ...

These modern whistle-blowers don't get it

Douglas Rushkoff Back when I was a kid, they  were called "whistle-blowers":  employees of corrupt  companies or government  agencies, who went to the  press with shocking stories of  criminality or abuse. Daniel Ellsberg ...

NATO 'covering up' Libyan death shame

NATO has failed to investigate scores of civilian deaths incurred during its seven-month military campaign in Libya according to Amnesty international.  NATO expressed its “regret” for civilian casualties but has taken no steps to initiate an investig ...

Child labour behind India's lucrative tobacco industry

Ravi NessmanSagira Ansari sits on a dusty sack outside her uneven brick home in this poor town in eastern India, her legs folded beneath her. She cracks her knuckles, then rubs charcoal ash between her palms. With the unthinking swiftness of a movement per ...

Planned government surveillance power poses threat to journalists' sources

Government plans to introduce wide-ranging powers to monitor people’s emails, web history, phone calls and text messages could pose a new threat to journalists, writes Cleland Thom. The rules mean that the ‘who, when and where’ of every electronic message ...

Social media scam alert: Kony 2012 is phony

Bruce A DixonThanks to relentless promotion by corporate media, government, celebrities and politicians of both corporate parties, along with right wing church groups and foundations, the Kony 2012 video has “gone viral.” Viewed on YouTube more than a hund ...

Boxing legend in town to promote his book

More than 200 fans queued from early in the morning to meet with their American sporting hero.Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard was in town to promote his autobiography, The Big Fight (Ebury Press) at Jubilee Place, Docklands, east London.Among those who had ...

Big Picture street photographers are celebrated at exhibition launch

Deborah HobsonNew charity, the Citizen Journalism Educational Trust (CJET) launched its Street Photographer of the Year exhibition this week to much praise and excitement. The event took place at the London College of Communication (LCC), a leading place o ...

Settlement reached in long-running Fela Kuti dispute

 Settlement reached in Fela copyright casePosted on December 21, 2011 by chineloThe three-year dispute between Carlos Moore, author of Fela: This Bitch of a Life, and the producers of the Broadway musical, Fela! has finally ended. In a joint statement ...