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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
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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.
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.
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 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?