Press freedom

Press freedom

29 December 2011

The worst 10 assaults on freedom

From bans on songs and leafleting to war against gossipy tabloids, 2011 was a bad year for free speech.

23 December 2011

Alan Partridge: an invitation to sneer

The autobiography of the fictional broadcaster and all-round master of naff is undoubtedly funny, but, like creator Steve Coogan’s recent pronouncements, it is fuelled by large doses of liberal snobbery.

13 December 2011

The truth about
anti-tabloid hysteria

Many of the anti-Murdoch stories of the past year have been based more on rumour than reality.

7 December 2011

Serious journalists slebs for censorship

Why those who normally abhor celebrity culture are cheering the likes of Hugh Grant and Steve Coogan against the celeb-obsessed tabloids.

5 October 2011

A licence to kill freedom of expression

Licensing journalists was a bad idea in John Milton’s day - so why are politicians and editors keen to revive it now?

27 September 2011

Defend a free press - don’t just guard the Guardian

Yes, the police threat to the liberal newspaper was outrageous – but who invited the authorities to crack down on the press in the first place?

16 August 2011

Attacking press freedom in the name of privacy

Having made private conduct central to politics, it’s a bit rich for MPs now to slate the press for being obsessed with private peccadilloes.

19 July 2011

‘Of course I support a free press, but…’

All-party support for regulating the media threatens to reverse the historic gains of the struggle for press freedom.

19 July 2011

My PAIN at being hacked by the tabloids

A politician-cum-celeb says only a sharp-fanged regulator can stop the scuzzy press from invading voicemails.

12 July 2011

‘You cannot pluck the rose without the thorn’

The death of a free press, the hacking off of investigative journalism - the scandals nobody is talking about.