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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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EXCLUSIVE 81% of Downing Street Media Meetings Held with Right-Wing Newspapers

, 14 December 2021
Sam Bright reveals more details about the intimate relationship between Boris Johnson’s administration and members of the establishment media

Boris Johnson Blocks Investigation into His Attendance at Downing Street Lockdown Parties

, 8 December 2021
The Prime Minister's promised investigation into parties in Downing Street already looks to be a whitewash, reports Adam Bienkov

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

EXCLUSIVE Boris Johnson Invited Editors and BBC Executives into Downing Street On Day of Lockdown Party

, 7 December 2021
A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said they were ‘working meetings’ and did not breach Covid guidelines, Adam Bienkov reports

All Change at the Mail: Political Machinations or Publishing Priorities?

, 18 November 2021
Mic Wright looks at the replacement of Geordie Greig as editor of the Daily Mail, and whether the shadow of Paul Dacre has blighted his successor

Attack Journalism Is Old News

, 16 November 2021
As Prince Harry calls out the British press for its cultures of attack, Dr Bethany Usher explores the history of journalism targeting specific individuals and how we might spot and counter it

The Media’s Selective Policing of ‘Sleaze’

, 12 November 2021
Mic Wright explores the erratic approach of certain outlets to stories of corruption and wrongdoing

The BBC Has an Institutional Culture of Brexit Self-Censorship

, 11 October 2021
Former BBC producer Patrick Howse explores why the broadcaster is unwilling to speak truth to power over Brexit

Mirror Ball Journalism and the Revolving Disco Dance Floor of British Politics

, 7 October 2021
Mic Wright argues that the private cosiness between political reporters and politicians doesn’t serve the interests of the public

The Cunning Deceit of Press and Politics in ‘the Prime Minister’s Plan’

, 14 September 2021
Mic Wright unpicks the modern shift towards personality politics and the media’s collusion in advancing this increasingly unaccountable mode of government

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

The Independence of Britain’s Media has been in Jeopardy for a Long Time

, 26 August 2021
With attacks on journalist Jess Brammar’s credentials to be appointed to a BBC role continuing by the right-wing press, Maheen Behrana explores how editorial independence has been eroded in Britain over a number of years

Right-Wing Media’s Manufactured Fears Over ‘Blasphemy’ are Another Arm of the Culture War’s White Jingoist Agenda

, 11 August 2021
Constructed fears around the return of blasphemy laws enable Islamophobia and distract from a reactionary recasting of British values, says Dr Richard McNeil-Willson

‘Deeply Troubling’: Investigative Journalism Finds Itself Heading Towards ‘Authoritarian Police State’

, 26 July 2021
Proposed changes to the Official Secrets Act by the Home Office would see investigative journalists threatened with up to 14 years in prison for ‘unauthorised disclosures’

Spectating Or Doing?: The Challenge for the UK's Ruling Clique

, 26 July 2021
After the magazine backed off a threatened attack on England footballer Marcus Rashford, Geoff Mulgan looks at the Spectator’s grip on the Conservative Party – its weakness over wokeness and over-reliance on wordsmiths

Untold Stories: The Daniel Morgan Murder

, 18 June 2021
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