About Des Freedman

Des Freedman is Professor of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London and co-editor (with Michael Bailey) of openDemocracy's Capitalism and the University strand that ran in 2011/12 as well as the collection of essays, The Assault on Universities (2011). He is the author of The Contradictions of Media Power (2014) and The Politics of Media Policy (2008) and secretary of Goldsmiths UCU branch.

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

The wider significance of Oborne’s resignation

Oborne's resigation raises multiple issues concerning journalistic integrity at a time when public trust in institutions is virtually non-existent. Will any of the big parties pledge serious media reform in their manifestos?

Charlie Hebdo tragedy: free speech and its broader contexts

This was a specific attack designed to sow division. We musn't let it.

Five reasons why Ed Miliband’s flirtation with the Sun was a disaster

Ed Miliband's decision to pose with the Sun was a strategic blunder.

Media ownership: the elephant in the room

The recent tabloid attacks on foodbanks shows once again why urgent reform of the media is so urgent.

Lords report does little to weaken media barons

Despite some positive noises the Lords Communications Committee's recent report does not go nearly far enough to address Britain's dysfunctional media.

Why the universities strikes are about more than just a ‘measly’ pay offer

It's not just the money, it's the direction our marketised universities are taking - enormous rewards at the top combined with a race to the bottom approach for all other staff, and a system of fees that is exacerbating inequality. It's wrong and we oppose it.

The press can't decide if they're for press freedom or against it

The same press attacking the Guardian for 'treason' are still raging against the press reform charter for encroaching on "press freedom". The hypocrisy aside, the British press should accept the will of parliament, the public and the press' victims.

A tale of two British summers: phone hacking and a royal baby

The royal birth is set to be the face of the 2013 summer, but to what extent does this reveal how little the media has changed since the phone hacking scandal in 2011? What happened to media reform?

Media corporations: too big to fail?

As with the banking system, Britain needs to shake up the way its media works as a whole: nothing less can tackle the unaccountable power of the industry giants.

Murdoch and the UK culture secretary: we shouldn't be surprised, we should be angry

James Murdoch's appearance before the Leveson Inquiry has revealed the complicity between the government and the media empire in pushing for the takeover of satellite broadcaster BSkyB. Independence was thrown to the wind in the gleeful rush towards de-regulation.

If the Sun hates attacks on press freedom, how must it despise itself!

The highest-selling daily paper in the UK is under arrest - or at least mounting numbers of its journalists and contacts are. But after colluding for decades in the assault on press freedom and independence, the Sun is in no position to play the victim.

Still hacked off with the media? Come join the campaign for UK media reform

The hacking scandal exposed corruption, illegality and immorality at the heart of the British media. A new committee, formed to push for wide-ranging media reform in the wake of the scandal, holds its first public meeting this week.

The BBC is not part of the problem raised by Hackgate

A strong, constructive response to Dan Hind's call yesterday for a democratic media policy and not a defense of the BBC - as the debate over Britain's inquiry into the future of its media get's hotter.

Hackgate and the Communications Review: two separate planets?

When the government launched its ongoing review of the UK communications sector, 'ethics' was not judged as part of its remit. Yet the hacking scandal has exposed the need for both the content and structure of British media to be radically re-thought

A Radical Manifesto for Higher Education

Our universities are under attack, with the Coalition determined to throw them to the mercy of the market. Support is growing for a Manifesto for Higher Education that sets out demands on universities and the government, but will it reignite the student movement?

The BBC Strategy Review: Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre responds

Staff at the Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre give their verdict on the BBC Strategy Review: its proposals "would lead to a reduction in quality, would signify a shrinking of ambition and would undermine the public space facilitated by the BBC"

Witnessing whose truth?

David Loyn’s assault on ‘peace journalism’ misses the target, argues the editor of a new book on war and the media. The real problem is corporate media’s coverage of conflict. Good, diverse reporting will best be ensured not by a clerisy of crusading truth-tellers, but via the sceptical engagement of millions of citizens.
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