Press freedom

Press freedom

24 January 2012

‘This is becoming an
anti-tabloid witch-hunt’

Read the transcript of CBC’s interview with Brendan O’Neill about Leveson, lies and press freedom.

3 January 2012

Using tabloid tactics to slay the tabloids

The Guardian's retraction of the Charlotte Church story brings to 40 the number of anti-Murdoch articles it has had to correct.

29 December 2011

Making sense of a rollercoaster year

Whether we were cheering uprisings or challenging nuclear panic, spiked cut to the chase in 2011.

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.