A bill to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act may seem pretty unsexy, as it’s been mostly ignored by much of the mainstream media in recent days and it nearly went down the drain. If the press won’t represent itself – and the people – by showing some interest in the free flow of government information, who will? (via The New York Times)
Why is News UK still employing the disgraced Sun on Sunday reporter Mazher Mahmood? Why did it fund his failed legal action against the BBC in order to prevent Panorama from showing an up-to-date picture of him? And why is the company’s “full internal investigation” into the circumstances surrounding the activities of Mahmood that resulted in the collapse of the trial of singer Tulisa Contostavlos still going on after almost six months? (via The Guardian)
The CIA provided “inaccurate” information to journalists in effort to shape coverage of its detention and interrogation program, according to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s bombshell torture report. (via The Huffington Post)
The graphic nature of the opening scene winds up distorting rather than focusing the point of the larger story. When the details of the author’s opening scene began to crumble, its weakness threatened the architecture of the whole. For those trying to prevent rape, the undermining of the source’s testimony turns out to have a terrible outcome: continuing skepticism about the claims of future rape victims and survivors. (via Poynter)
Watch a clip from One Rogue Reporter, ex-tabloid reporter Richard Peppiatt’s film documenting the variety of stunts he has played on British tabloid editors since leaving the Daily Star. Here he is caught paying back the editor of the Daily Express, Hugh Whittow, for his headlines about Madeleine McCann’s disappearance. (via The Guardian)
This report on the 2014 programme of the Ethical Journalism Network covers a further period of intense activity. We have improved our communications and continued to expand. At the same time we have consolidated the presence of the Network in media development efforts to strengthen journalism worldwide.
The EJN programme for the coming year will continue to develop our main objectives which are strengthen the craft of journalism and to build public trust in media. In 2015 the EJN will follow up work on hate speech, self-regulation and actions to combat internal and external threats to good media governance.