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About Brian Cathcart

Brian Cathcart is professor of journalism at Kingston University and a former deputy editor of the Independent on Sunday, he is the Director of Hacked Off and tweets at @BrianCathcart.

Articles by Brian Cathcart

This week’s front page editor

Constitutional conventions: best practice

“MURDERERS” – of myths, Macpherson, and the Daily Mail

As we approach the 25th anniversary of Stephen Lawrence’s murder, it’s time to critically assess whether the Daily Mail really played the pivotal and progressive role it likes to claim in the case, and its impact on Britain’s race relations.

Libel courts are now far beyond the reach of ordinary people

Ministers must introduce the right to justice conferred by Section 40.

Theresa May, the press and a lesson from history

If Theresa May is brave enough to stand up to the press, she will reap the rewards.

An important new legal right is almost in reach

The recognition of Impress by the Press Regulation Panel is a significant step towards a vital new right in Britain.

Don't forget the role of the press in Brexit

The lies of Britain's papers have been key to shaping the country's current predicament

The battle over UK press regulation: Nigel Warner joins our discussion

Last week, David Elstein, chairman of the Broadcasting Policy Group and openDemocracy, criticised two key proposals on press regulation following the Leveson Report. Here is his piece, published with responses from Nigel Warner, author of the 'Life after Leveson' IPPR pamphlet, and Brian Cathcart, co-founder of campaign Hacked Off, which drafted the Leveson Bill.

Don't reform, misinform: UK press vs Leveson

The newspapers are creating a wall of noise in the hope that the recommendations of the Leveson inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the British press are drowned out or fade away. The founder of campaign group Hacked Off decodes the distractions.

After Leveson, the pantomime

The British enjoy a special form of Christmas entertainment known as pantomime, in which the good guys and bad guys go in for cross-dressing and slapstick, mocking the class sytem in the process. Everyone has a good laugh at the expense of the rich, feels sorry for the poor, and nothing changes. Could this be the fate that awaits the Leveson inquiry into the abuses of power indulged in by the country's newspapers and their proprietors?

Hunt-Black: a final stab by the UK press at undermining Leveson

Tomorrow, Lord Justice Leveson delivers his report following a public inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the British press. The press are terrified that he will recommend statutory regulation. But they have a plan...

Leveson's inquiry into the British press is about to report: let the disinformation begin!

Lord Justice Leveson is gearing up to report on Britain's public inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of its press. The national newspapers are running scared, with many doing what they do best in the face of a threat to their interests: protecting themselves by misinforming the public. 

Press launches 'Operation Megaphone' to drown out Leveson Inquiry

A backlash from the mainstream UK press against the Leveson Inquiry is currently gaining momentum across the political spectrum. This is nothing more than a bullying attempt to drown out the case for proper public regulation of the media says Brian Cathcart. 

Motorman: Britain's other massive press scandal

As well as the Murdoch affair another huge scandal of illegal press intrusion in the UK has been exposed but not publicised. Will it take off? Or will the  many vested interests kill it off? An exclusive, clear description.

Leveson's job of tackling UK press abuse is far from over

Now that Rupert Murdoch has faced Lord Justice Leveson, it's easy to think it's all over. But the purpose was never to nail the mogul's media empire. This is a UK state inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the British press in its totality, and that work is far from done.

Joseph Rotblat's humanity

Joseph Rotblat - nuclear physicist, Pugwash organiser, disarmament campaigner, Nobel peace laureate, eternal Pole, world citizen – has died at the age of 96. Brian Cathcart remembers him.

Britain and the atomic bomb

The British contribution to the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki still affects the country’s nuclear-weapons policy – to the world’s detriment, says Brian Cathcart.

Polio: a war not yet won

The effort to eradicate polio worldwide is a test of human capacities, but Brian Cathcart reports that the disease is not giving up without a fight.
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