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About John Lloyd

John Lloyd is a Contributing Editor to the Financial Times and Director of Journalism at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford.

Articles by John Lloyd

This week’s front page editor

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Full monty journalism - Assange, Greenwald and Snowden

Liberal journalism has always depended on leaks. But changes in technology combined with recent events have opened up a new schism in how journalists approach the state and notions of objectivity.

Scottish independence: not worth the trouble

Chart the actual probable outcomes of independence, and there is little to recommend it to the Scots, if slightly more to the English. Yet the results would be devastating.

Intimate fusion: media and political power in Silvio Berlusconi's Italy

The common view that Berlusconi's omnipresence in Italy's political life was facilitated by his control of the media is only partially true. Relations between Italian media and politics have, in fact, a much more complicated history tracing back to decades before the Cavaliere's reign.

No Union, please, we’re English

The UK's Cabinet Secretary has warned of the break up of the union if the Scottish vote for independence, making the issue mainstream.

John Lloyd

In 2020, a leadership of the Chinese Communist Party was elected which owed little or nothing to the Maoist period, and had for many years seen it as a time of horror and repression. Like Mikhail Gorbachev in the late eighties, they grasped that the system they ran was dysfunctional: unlike Gorbachev, they had a strong economy and a growing and increasingly active middle class. Their decision to superintend a phased but determined shift to democratic elections unleashed many tensions: but they were able to contain these, and to see develop parties pledged to pluralism, peaceful competition and (once elected) responsible government. The success of the move removed the last great example of authoritarian rule, and put further and heavy pressure on the remaining autocracies - all of which, in the next three decades, moved towards greater democracy and began to vie with each other, and the longer established democratic states, in going beyond electoral democracy to deeper forms, with greater equality and greater openness at the heart of these projects.

Mightiest for the mightiest: “The Net Delusion”

In “The Net Delusion”, Evgeny Morozov vents frustration at what he calls “cyber utopianism” in Western foreign policy. Far from being a tool to free the weak, Morozov argues, oppressive regimes are now the expert manipulators of Web 2.0. He’s certainly got a point, says John Lloyd, but he is also wrong to assume no one in the State Department shares his concerns.

Ed Miliband: too light on Iraq

UK Labour leader Ed Miliband drew a political line under Iraq in his conference speech. But a future statesman needs to answer the dilemmas posed by liberal interventionism with more thoughtfulness

The responsibility of the harlot

Is the ultimate goal of media in a democracy to promote truth and accuracy or a diversity of views? And will the new panoply of subjective voices brought to traditional media by citizen journalism clear or cloud the issue? John Lloyd poses some difficult questions, as openDemocracy continues its investigation into accountability in the 21st century.

Media power: telling truths to ourselves

The crisis in Britain over the Iraq war, its intelligence and its reporting, is one of media as well as politics. John Lloyd asks: can journalism, both press and television, tell stories for active citizens rather than cynical couch potatoes?

The times demand we face up to terror, can the left answer?

The Iraq war has provoked deep divisions within the political left. But the resignation of distinguished columnist John Lloyd from Britain's ‘New Statesman’ was motivated by the magazine's evasion of modern political realities and resort to moralistic anti-Americanism rather than its anti-war stance. Here he builds on his argument to ask: what future has the left if it cannot deal honestly with the rise of terrorism and the crimes of dictators?
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