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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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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 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

Unreal People in a Hyperreal World: The Empty Rich of Succession

, 22 October 2021
Mic Wright unpicks the attraction by repulsion of the hit HBO/Sky Atlantic drama, partly inspired by the Murdochs, but wonders whether it gives solace to the super-rich

British Newspapers are the Biggest Trolls – But They Claim Exemption

, 19 October 2021
Mic Wright takes a sceptical look at the political campaign to counter ‘online abuse’ which somehow overlooks the revolving doors and revolting comments of their allies in publishing

Journalism is Not a Profession: It Has to be Unruly to Challenge the Rulers

, 18 October 2021
As Chinese journalists are sent for professional re-education, Matthew Gwyther argues that regulation and conformity threaten the unlicensed essence of holding power to account

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 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  

Murdoch and Morgan: The Reunion From Hell

, 16 September 2021
Mic Wright unpicks the announcement of a new right-wing, Rupert Murdoch television station in the UK – and how it may have spotted a gap in the market following events at a certain beleaguered anti-woke news channel

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

EXCLUSIVE Poll Position: Survey on GB News Bias Reveals Bias

, 13 September 2021
As Andrew Neil officially quits the right-wing television channel, Brian Cathcart reveals the spin on a recent opinion poll

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

Coded Language: How the UK Newspaper Industry Enables Institutional Racism

, 2 September 2021
The UK's press is governed by an editors' code that permits discrimination against groups of people – it's time we demand better says Richard Wilson

Untold Stories: The Daniel Morgan Murder

, 18 June 2021
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