The announcement that the sacked Conservative Party Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, was going to take over from Sarah Sands as editor of the London Evening Standard has been greeted with incredulity. The presenter of the BBC’s Daily and Sunday Politics programme, Andrew Neil, initially thought it was ‘fake …

I’m not frightened of shot and shell quite frankly. Just happens I am not! You have an anti-flak jacket and I used to take mine and put it underneath my behind, double, because the shots would be from the ground most likely. Institute member Clare Hollingworth achieved legendary status in …

The former Belmarsh prison whistleblower, Robert Norman, is appealing to the UK Supreme Court over his conviction under Operation Elveden for taking money for stories on Britain’s prison crisis. He lost at the Court of Appeal in November 2016, but his campaign for exoneration, which is supported by the Institute, …

It is something of an understatement to say that the inauguration of a Donald Trump has begun a new chapter in US Presidential and media relations. The message from the new President is getting louder and clearer. He thinks many journalists are dishonest, and peddlers of ‘fake news.’ He has …

Apart from the government, it seems nobody has anything good to say about the Investigatory Powers Act 2016, otherwise known as the ‘Snoopers’ Charter.’ And not even the present government seems very enthusiastic about the Law Commission’s ‘consultation’ document for a new Espionage Act to protect official data. This threatens …

The man convicted of murdering US journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan in 2002 has filed an appeal against his death sentence. Pearl was the South Asian bureau chief at the Wall Street Journal when he was kidnapped in January 2002. His body was found a month later in Karachi and …

The Parliamentary group reviewing South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) are calling for police to answer to how they are handling threats against journalists. SABC 8 Journalist Suna Ventura had two air pellets removed from a wound on Monday after she was shot in the face last November following a series …

Countless Gambian journalists fled threats and intimidation during former-president Yahya Jammeh’s two decades in power. Now, as J Adama Barrow, a former Argos security guard from Peckham in South London, takes office with promises of a new start for one of Africa’s poorest countries and Jammeh begins his life in …

A “Saturday Night Live” writer was suspended indefinitely after tweeting an “insensitive” joke about Donald Trump’s 10-year-old son, Barron. Katie Rich was suspended immediately for writing the offensive tweet, a source told the Associated Press, after it triggered an outcry on social media, with many calling for a boycott of …

Nobel Literature Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich is the latest writer to have quit the Russian PEN Centre as part of a widening split within the organization. Alexievich, who won her Nobel Prize in 2015, said that she was leaving the organization to protest against the expulsion of journalist and activist …