Julian Petley is Professor of Screen Media and Journalism in the School of Arts at Brunel University. He is Chair of the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom and a member of the board of Index on Censorship, member of the Advisory Board of Lord Puttnam’s Enquiry in the the Future of Public Service Broadcasting and co-editor of the book Pointing the Finger: Islam and Muslims in the British Media, Oneworld 2011. His most recent book is the edited collection The Media and Public Shaming (I. B. Tauris, 2013).
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Published in: ourBeebHow did mistrust of mainstream media become a sign of violent extremism?
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