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The Crisis in British Journalism

Byline Times investigates media monopolies, their proximity to politicians, and how the punditocracy doesn't hold power to account

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Year: 2021
Author: Brian Cathcart
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Downing Street Christmas Parties: Journalists, the Public and an Ethical Void

, 8 December 2021
We don’t know yet whether journalists were among last year’s revellers at Number 10, but if they were — they betrayed the public they are supposed to serve, says Brian Cathcart

New Study Highlights Anti-Muslim Bigotry of the Spectator Magazine

, 30 November 2021
The most antagonistic, the most biased and the most prone to misrepresentation – Brian Cathcart argues that the Spectator isn’t posh and clever; it’s just a hate rag
The Spectator magazine

‘The Toughest Regulator in the World?’ – IPSO Stares Failure in the Face

, 19 November 2021
As the Independent Press Standards Organisation prepares to discuss the standards crisis at the Jewish Chronicle next month, Brian Cathcart explores how early indications of the outcome do not bode well

The Today Programme and the War on the National Trust: An Episode in Shameful Journalism

, 4 November 2021
A discussion about wokeness, colonialism and the National Trust on the BBC’s flagship radio show came across like a public school reunion dinner, says Brian Cathcart

The IPSO Jewish Chronicle Car Crash Just Gets Worse

, 24 September 2021
The sham ‘regulator’ operated by the corporate press has blundered into one of its worst crises, says Brian Cathcart  

The BBC has Blacklisted Peter Stefanovic and his ‘Johnson Lies’ Video. Why?

, 3 September 2021
It’s accurate, it sheds light on a vital question, and it has been viewed tens of millions of times – but our national broadcaster is pretending it isn’t there. Brian Cathcart wants an explanation
Peter Stefanovic Lies Video

Will the Independent Press Standards Organisation Ever Uphold Any Standards?

, 4 August 2021
After 28 breaches and four libel cases, the Jewish Chronicle is accused of a collapse in journalistic standards. But will the regulator IPSO do anything about it? Brian Cathcart reviews the evidence

Free Speech: A Beginner’s Guide for Oliver Dowden

, 21 June 2021
The Culture Secretary says he won’t allow Stop Funding Hate to undermine freedom of expression but sadly he just does not understand the concept, says Brian Cathcart

The Daniel Morgan Report: Press Criminality? Nothing to See Here…

, 15 June 2021
Brian Cathcart explains why the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel report confirms law-breaking and wrongdoing by the press – and how, once again, this will be ignored by the mainstream media

The Times Libels Muslims Again: IPSO fails to Act

, 5 May 2021
Four times in 17 months Rupert Murdoch's flagship newspaper has libelled Muslims, writes Brian Cathcart. That should shame everyone at the paper – and their sham ‘regulator’ too.

Calling Out Press Racism: Has Anything Changed?

, 21 April 2021
Six weeks after the bust-up at the Society of Editors, we are still waiting for evidence that racism in the media will be confronted, says Brian Cathcart – the onus is on the editors of the Guardian and Financial Times to stand up and show leadership

Will the Editors Who Came Out Against Racism Now Walk the Walk?

, 15 March 2021
Brian Cathcart argues that, if the discussion on how to tackle racism in the press only focuses again on the recruitment of journalists from minority communities, the chance for systemic change will be missed

This is the Time for Journalists with Standards to Stand Up and Be Counted

, 10 March 2021
In the wake of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s treatment by large sections of the tabloid press, Brian Cathcart argues that too many decent reporters have been turning a blind eye for too long and that it is time for change

Government’s Online Harms Legislation Will Once Again Protect Its Friends in the Corporate Press

, 25 February 2021
Brian Cathcart explains how concerns about internet hate speech will do nothing to tackle the appalling abuse found in online tabloid comment streams

Meghan Markle Privacy Win: Is the Mail on Sunday’s Editor Being Kicked in the Head?

, 18 February 2021
Brian Cathcart’s analysis on the questions raised by the Duchess of Sussex’s recent legal victory, following the publication of extracts of a private letter she wrote to her father by the newspaper

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