Five senior journalists and editors at the News International tabloid the Sun were arrested on Saturday
along with three public officials as Operation Elveden, the British investigation into bribery of police by News International papers, broadened to include corruption of officials in the armed forces and Ministry of Defence as well. The Guardian reports
that the new arrests escalate the stakes of the ongoing US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation of News Corporation, which carries potential penalties of millions of dollars of fines and prison sentences for senior executives. [more inside]
Thirteen-year-old Milly Dowler
was kidnapped and murdered on her way home from school in 2002. During the six-month hunt before her body was found, her parents gave exclusive interviews to the News of the World
, saying they believed she would be found alive.
That hope was based partly on the fact that her voicemails were still being listened to and deleted. Today, it was revealed that the deleting was being done by the News of the World
. [more inside]
, British columnist for The Independent
and The Huffington Post
(recently on mefi
), has this week been caught in a storm of controversy concerning his apparent plagiarism
of interview quotes
. [more inside]
Richard Peppiatt, a reporter for the British tabloid the Daily Star, has quit
because of its "hatemongering" anti-Muslim propaganda. This is his resignation letter
"‘Churnalism’ is a news article that is published as journalism, but is essentially a press release without much added."
Churnalism.com is a site created by the British charity Media Standards Trust
, which lets you input the text of a press release to compare it with the text of news articles in the British media. [more inside]
Dear Everett True, NME and Q don’t love music any less than you do…
a revealing blog entry on the music press. From Collapse Board, who also do an awesome song of the day
Some data on newspapers and paywalls, as The Times reveals some of their numbers
and chooses to look on the bright side of the data, while others are more skeptical
. [more inside]
by the Guardian
newspaper has uncovered a trail of hacking and other illegal "Dark Arts
" at the News of the World
. Rupert Murdoch, the paper's owner, is reported to have shelled out over £1m
in out of court settlements [more inside]
a "brilliant compendium
of the great days
of Fleet Street
(check the comments for a more depressing viewpoint).
Don't Bomb Us.
In response to credible reports that Bush wanted to bomb al-Jazeera's HQ in allied Qatar
on MeFi), Al Jazeera staffers start their own English-language blog. Their site contains remembrances of their fallen colleagues
, firsthand accounts of US attacks
on their offices, links to relevant reports
on the controversy
, Flickr photosets
of protests calling for an official investigation
, and al Jazeera's code of ethics
. Also, a quick note to Tony Blair: " P.S. Thanks for talking Mr. Bush out of bombing our offices!
" Not surprisingly, their blog is generating some comments
The Hutton Inquiry has concluded its investigation.
It unanimously vindicates the British Government, castigates the BBC for lying and criticising the Government's honour, and mildly criticises some aspects of the Intelligence services and Dr. David Kelly himself.
An accessible PDF to HTML version of the Hutton website - The Guardian's Hutton site - The BBC's Hutton site - Google News UK.
Trusting The Redcoats:
How many independent-minded Americans actually rely on the BBC (specially the World Service
) for accurate coverage of American politics? Not to mention The Guardian
. Is it a strictly an elitist, liberal/left-wing phenomenon? What does it mean? What does it say about better-informed liberal newspapers and media of the U.S.? If so, why aren't like-minded Europeans just as cosmopolitan and, say, pay the same attention to news sources like The New York Times, NPR and others, rather than stolidly sticking to their own national staples?
Elliott could no longer bear the waste. He had six staff and a budget of £3.5m a year. He had a potential client group of 25,000 users ... but at the end of all his work and all that public money, the total number of detox beds he was able to provide was five.
The Guardian reports from the front-line of the drugs war. (part two
) You may have no interest in Drugs or the UK but read this superb piece for a profile of a bureaucracy in farcical, tragic, total collapse.
Robert Fisk in the Independent
Today's front page of the UK broadsheet comprises solely of a text-only report of yesterday's bombing of a Baghdad marketplace, beginning: "It was an outrage, an obscenity. The severed hand on the metal door, the swamp of blood and mud across the road, the human brains inside a garage, the incinerated, skeletal remains of an Iraqi mother and her three small children in their still-smouldering car..."
This is how war reporting should be.
Is the BBCi website far too big and monopolistic?
Editorial from 'The Guardian' discussing whether the BBC's website, funded by the British license fee is taking the thunder away from commercial websites worldwide trying to achieve the same results in advertising run market place. There is some logic to the argument -- when e-marketing revenues are dwingling how can some sites compete with this bohemoth? On the other hand, if they were achieving the same results people would be going to them instead, and the BBC's website is very, very good in some places, indispensible in others.
, one of the UK's finest ever sports writers has retired from the Guardian. Mathew Engels appreciation concludes with links to ten of his finest pieces. This is brilliant writing which happens to concern itself with sport, so there is no need for any "doesn't this belong on Sportfilter" type snideness.
seem to be the only place we can find out what goes on in the US these days. Probably has to do with the liberal media, wouldn't you say?