Debate around the web

In links on September 14, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Matt Wardman writes about how self-declared terrorism expert Glen Jenvey, acting as an agent provocateur under the name of Abu Islam, created a false story by posting allegations on an Internet forum, and then passed that story to the national press on his own behalf and made the front page of the Sun.

“There is also a more potentially sinister aspect – that of gung-ho coverage of anti-Islam stories in the British media provoked and seeded by commentators whose political attitudes are sympathetic to such stories. A good example of this style of coverage was the inflammatory coverage of the demonstration by approximately 20 extremists during a parade of soldiers returned from Basra in Luton, in March this year. By contrast, a far more balanced report was published by the Nofolk Unity blog.

This is another story which asks serious questions of the quality and professionalism of the processes of journalism in our national media

Anton Vowel reports:

“The Mail don’t skew everything, and very often their straight reportage is insightful . . . The sadness for me comes that after a rather good piece of news reporting from the Mail, there’s a predictable response in the comments.

The owner of the Guardian and the Observer has rebutted inaccurate reporting of the future of the Observer:

“It is not accurate to characterise GNM’s review of operations as a plan to shut the Observer. The review is an ongoing examination of all GNM’s operations, ruling nothing in and nothing out, with the full endorsement at all stages of the group board and the Scott Trust

Judith Townend writes about 4IP backed website Timetric. Boss Andrew Walkingshaw says:

“If you look in a newspaper, an entire sports section, the weather section, the City section: all those are data driven. What’s really interesting is that data confined to these areas is beginning to bleed out into editorial and opinion, where [normally you’d only see] polling and opinion surveys.

Alex Brummer of City AM, writing for about journalism’s role in the financial crisis says:

‘Far from scaring people, the press were providing readers with reliable information’

Ofcom has announced that the BBC iPlayer and 4OD will be regulated by the Association for Television on Demand in the first instance – and the Advertising Standards Authority for advertising – with the regulator retaining backstop powers – in a system of co-regulation.

Guy Black (former director of the PCC) has been appointed the chairman of the Press Standards Board of Finance which determines the PCC’s annual budget.

Ofcom has criticised the Jeremy Kyle show for failing to edit out swearing.


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