June 2013

Palestinians blighted by 'water apartheid' in the West Bank

In Israeli households, housewives let their shower water run for minutes on end. Fountains run continuously on their streets and there’s even an annual water fight every year by Rabin Square in Tel Aviv.But in the West Bank, where the apartheid wall ...

Police 'spied on me 24/7 to dig for dirt'

There has rightly been shock and horror expressed from the British prime minister downwards following revelations that undercover police spied on the family of murdered Black teenager Stephen Lawrence 20 years ago to dig up stuff about their priv ...

Is this the end of the newspaper blog?

A number of its blogs are being cut at the New York Times and it is reviewing the future of many more. The Green blog, Media Decoder and The Choice (about getting into and paying for university) have all been chopped.The axing of the blogs at the New York ...

Social media plays crucial role in Brazil's mass protests

Demonstrations that started over a week ago with a public call to lower bus fares in São Paulo, the largest city in Brazil, have reverberated far and wide on the internet. During the protests, and as national support has grown, a number of new websites, bl ...

'Mail National Health Service bashing hits new low'

If anyone doubted the lengths the Daily Mail newspaper will go to discredit Britain’s public health service, recent stories should have banished thoughts to the contrary.The paper’s legendary foul mouthed editor Paul Dacre has ordered his singu ...

Anonymous Facebook user 'dishes dirt' on Zimbabwe politics

A new Facebook phenomenon has Zimbabwe talking as elections approach. An anonymous character calling himself Baba Jukwa (BJ) has become a major focal point as Zimbabweans hungry for political intrigue visit “his” Facebook page to get the latest ...

Would you have helped Nigella Lawson?

Everyone's been pretty shocked by the photos of Charles Saatchi's assault on his wife Nigella Lawson for which he has now received a police caution.Just out of interest, I looked up the criteria for giving a caution and the procedures for doing so ...

Bad behaviour: the ethics of journalistic entrapment

If journalists condemn parliamentarians for dishonesty, why should they not also be held accountable to exactly the same standards themselves?As another parliamentary scandal sinks into the public consciousness, the over-riding impression we are left with ...

UK letting agency fees 'rip off tenants'

Leading housing charity Shelter has begun a campaign to try and stop letting agency fees in the UK, which are costing renters hundreds of pounds just to set up a tenancy.Shelter carried out a survey with 58 letting agencies across the UK and found that all ...

After Leveson, is Citizen Journalism the answer?

Lots of journalists and politicians have had their say about the bad state of the British tabloid press after the phone hacking scandal that closed down the News of the World, the country’s biggest selling newspaper. But, until a conference that is b ...

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