It is hard not to have some sympathy for those who believe that by merging three of the Institute’s charity funds into one substantial, financially robust organisation, there are savings for the CIoJ as a whole and benefits for members in particular. Administration costs would be reduced and a larger …

For journalists who felt relieved that the iniquitous Leveson process had come to an end, and hopeful that the threat to Press freedom in Britain had abated for the time being, the startling reality in 2017 is that the danger of suppression is greater than ever. Assorted celebrity political activists, …
BeforeSpin

by Keith McDowall, published by Melrose Books, 385pp, £16.99 When I joined the Government Information Service (GIS in 1964, Keith McDowall was the Daily Mail’s Industrial Editor.  I first came across him when I was working in the Press Office of the newly formed Ministry of Technology the following year.  …

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 …