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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: 2020
Author: Brian Cathcart
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Britain’s Unaccountable Press Could Learn a Good Few Lessons from New York’s Journalism Scandal

, 23 December 2020
The scrutiny applied to the work of a New York Times journalist by others in the profession is not to be found in Britain’s warped press culture, says Brian Cathcart

Free Speech or Hate Speech? The Billionaire Corporate Press Given a New Licence to Monster Minorities

, 10 December 2020
Brian Cathcart on the press regulator IPSO’s decision to use the cover of press freedom to undermine the freedom of people whose gender, race, religion or sexual orientation the newspapers despise

Hatred, Hypocrisy and Plain Bad Journalism at The Times

, 23 November 2020
Brian Cathcart looks at the latest example of anti-Muslim bias at Britain’s newspaper of record

Selective Terrorism: By Refusing to Call White Supremacist Killers ‘Terrorists’, the Media Furthers its Aim of Demonising Muslims

, 24 August 2020
A new report shows there can be no excuses for journalists, says Brian Cathcart: if Al Qaeda was ‘terror’, then so were the Christchurch killings and the murder of Jo Cox
A Muslim worshipper prays at a makeshift memorial at the Al Noor Mosque on Deans Road, Christchurch, New Zealand, after a gunman killed 50 worshippers at the Al Noor Masjid and Linwood Masjid.

Another Anti-Muslim Piece in Murdoch's Flagship Paper Ends in a Libel Settlement

, 23 July 2020
With articles by its chief reporter Andrew Norfork continuing to land The Times in trouble, Brian Cathcart asks how long can this go on?

The Cummings Scandal Shows Us Just How Dependent the Billionaire Press is on Boris Johnson

, 28 May 2020
Brian Cathcart explains why Britain's right-wing newspapers will try their best to support the Government in its attempts to 'move on' from the scandal of the Prime Minister's chief advisor.

PEAK DENIAL: How the Corporate Press Negates Journalism

, 21 May 2020
By failing to be transparent about themselves, it is difficult to trust most of the mainstream newspapers when it comes to the truth about others.

Strangling Democracy: Millions Paid to Corporate Press at the Expense of Journalism

, 13 May 2020
With Boris Johnson handing out millions of pounds of public money to subsidise a cheerleading press, Brian Cathcart says that the corruption is so brazen it takes your breath away.

The Government is Giving Away Your Money to the Mail and the Sun

, 28 April 2020
The stench of corruption could hardly be stronger, says Brian Cathcart, on the bung Boris Johnson's Government is giving to his employers in the British press.

In Asking for Public Subsidies the Press Should Live by the Rules they Apply to Harry and Meghan

, 20 April 2020
Brian Cathcart explains why the press asking for public money to help them through the Coronavirus pandemic must follow the same reasoning they applied to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Exploiting a Pandemic: Billionaire Press Owners Want Your Tax Money

, 8 April 2020
Brian Cathcart argues that, while journalism is in crisis because of COVID-19, subsidies to untrustworthy newspaper proprietors are not the answer.

The Worst of the Worst: John Whittingdale’s Return as a Media Minister

, 17 February 2020
Why the Conservative MP's return to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is a bad sign for decent journalism in this country.

Manchester United's Fight Against the Sun has Little Hope with a Toothless Press Regulator

, 10 February 2020
It is as if the football club is playing an away fixture, uphill, under rules written by the opposing side – which also happens to employ the referee, argues Brian Cathcart.

Harry and Meghan are Taking on the Corporate Press – Fighting for Issues which Should Matter to Us All

, 9 January 2020
Brian Cathcart, Professor of Journalism at Kingston University, on why Britain's right-wing press will be intent on destroying the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex now more than ever.

For British Muslims the Outlook for 2020 is Continuing Racist Abuse from the Press

, 6 January 2020
Even the outgoing chair of Britain's main press regulator admits there's a problem with Islamophobia, but Brian Cathcart reveals how his successor thinks powerful white people are the victims.

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