August 2012

Tabloid newspaper scare stories that sell

Dr Matthew Ashton There will always be the gullible and the foolish willing to believe any old nonsense. What's worrying is the way sections of the media, politicians and the internet seem obsessed with panicking us into distraction. We're more than halfwa ...

UK Paralympic sponsor is 'waging war against the disabled'

John ListerDisability campaigners are furious that one of the main sponsors of the big event is a company making millions by stripping disabled people of their benefits. Alongside the publicity for the Paralympic Games in London, look out for five days of ...

Is John Travolta's sexuality our business?

Mary Elizabeth WilliamsRashida Jones, daughter of legendary musician and song writer Quincy, is really sorry she asked John Travolta to “come out.” She regrets speculating on his private life. But with this latest incident of very public whispering, maybe ...

Whistleblower in celebrity escort scandal sues US state

A former police commander claims in court that he was demoted after he tipped the D.C. City Council about the Police Department's practice of providing escorts to celebrities, including Charlie Sheen, writes Ryan Abbott. Hilton Burton is suing the District ...

Korea news blackout over country's racism charge

South Korea has been challenged by the United Nations (UN) under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination in a case involving the country's compulsory repeat testing of foreign English teachers for AIDS.And acco ...

Assange saga taints freedom of speech cause

Estelle Shirbon and Alessandra Prentice Julian Assange's supporters outside the London embassy where he is confined say he is being persecuted for speaking truth to power.However, free speech campaigners further afield say the WikiLeaks founder has lost hi ...

Success of 'brand Jamaica' must benefit UK poor

Thomas L BlairAs British Jamaicans celebrate their homeland’s 50th anniversary and Usain Bolt’s triumphs in the London 2012 Olympics, it’s time to develop closer ties across the Atlantic. One source of pride is the biggest Jam-fest since the 1962 independe ...

Foreword and Executive Summary of Media and the Riots report

 It is 70 years since the American journalist Alan Barth first coined the term about news, or journalism, being “only the first rough draft of history.” Now regarded as a cliché, it has been subject to much misunderstanding. It should not be taken to ...

Journalists exposed for their biased coverage of riots

 Holding media to account after the English riotsStudy by University of Leicester sociologist examines media’s impact on communitiesNews outlets need to be held to account for their coverage of the English riots, a new report has argued.Media and the ...