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Claire Provost

Claire Provost is editor of 50.50 covering gender, sexuality and social justice.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Politics “as if” in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia first denied the Khashoggi murder and then blamed it on rogue security agents. Neither version has enjoyed much credibility but the ability to make the population repeat incredible claims is itself a form of power for Arab autocrats.

George Osborne’s Evening Standard under fire (again) over lucrative Uber deal

Exclusive: Politicians call on UK advertising watchdog to investigate paid-for content dressed up as news at London’s biggest paper, after glowing articles about the controversial taxi app firm appear – but with no mention of sponsorship in hundreds of thousands of copies of the newspaper

How will we pay for news we can trust? I hope to find out

The British government has ordered a review into the sustainability of high-quality journalism. Its chair explains the challenges she faces.

Opinion: George Osborne’s real ‘Future London’ is a crass exercise that readers won’t swallow

Someone needs to tell Osborne that Londoners are not mugs. The rebrand of his controversial deal with Uber, Google and others still stinks.

George Osborne’s Evening Standard launches delayed ‘money-can’t-buy’ campaign – with more controversial partners

Private healthcare firm and a French conglomerate with a record of lawsuits against media join Uber, Google and others in lucrative sponsorship deal.

George Osborne’s Evening Standard delays controversial Uber, Google deal

In the wake of ‘cash for column inches’ scandal and calls for Osborne to resign, newspaper denies that £3 million 'paid-for news' deal has been ditched

Osborne’s Evening Standard ‘cash for column inches’ denials ‘do not stack up’ – says Caroline Lucas

Green Party leader calls on London paper to ‘come clean’ about its hidden commercial agendas – citing another lucrative sponsorship deal with GM giant Syngenta

George Osborne’s London Evening Standard sells its editorial independence to Uber, Google and others – for £3 million

Exclusive: Newspaper promised six commercial giants “money-can’t-buy” news coverage in a lucrative deal, leaving millions of Londoners unaware of who’s paying for their news.

A Syrian game of thrones: infotainment and New York Times’ spectacular coverage

The ‘catchiest’ New York Times’ articles about Syria since 2011, reveal an obsession with the spectacle, a failure in understanding the conflict itself but success in understanding the spectators of the conflict.

Reporting Syria: this is a story about people - an interview with Rania Abouzeid

A conversation with reporter Rania Abouzeid about practicing journalism, the role of media in the conflict, and the future of Syria.

Turkish mainstream media’s bad habit keeps getting worse

The Turkish public has been puzzled by fabricated news stories appearing every day in the mass media.

How will a Syrian child delete the image of his poverty from search engines?

Media professionals should contribute to respecting the privacy of individuals or groups who are subjects of their news articles, especially when it concerns children and their privacy. عربي

The secrets of 'Black Ops' advertising. Who is paying for our news?

"I think the public would resent knowing they are being tricked. So best not to always tell them."

How a GM giant ‘bought control’ of what millions of Londoners read

The Evening Standard’s lucrative deal with Swiss chemical giant Syngenta shows how commercial giants pay for news – with readers left in the dark.

كيف سيحذف الطفل السوري صورة فقره من محركات البحث؟

يجب على العاملين في وسائل الإعلام أن يساهموا في عدم انتهاك خصوصيّة الأفراد أو الجماعات ضمن موادهم وأخبارهم الصحافيّة خاصة حينما يتعلق الأمر بالأطفال وخصوصياتهم. English

عن تعدد الوقائع، والعبث الدامي بالحقيقة

ينسى الجمهور حقيقة توحش السلطة، وسينشغل بمهمة مناورة وترويض الحقائق البديلة على اختلاف تجلياتها، حفاظاً على مساحة الحياة التي تضيق تحت قدميه كلما توسعت آفاق الواقع.

Not a Saudi ‘Arab spring’: Mohammad Bin Salman, a threat not a reformer [Part 1]

Putting “Mohammad bin Salman” next to “Arab Spring” is either an oxymoron or an antithesis.

¿Por qué lanzamos openMedia?

Olvídense de las noticias falsas. El gran capital está distorsionando la libertad de prensa de manera mucho más inquietante: a través de los anuncios publicitarios y mediante la compra de silencios. Esto es lo que nosotros vamos a hacer al respecto. (FrenchHungarianItalian, EnglishDutchGermanSerbianRussian.)

Perché stiamo lanciando openMedia

Dimenticatevi ‘notizie false’. I grossi capitali stanno distorcendo la libertà di stampa in modo molto più sinistro – con gli ‘advertorial’, e comprando il silenzio. Ecco quello che faremo al riguardo. 

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To become a bit more human: Review of Belén Fernández, “Letter from Iran”

In “Letter from Iran” Belén Fernández reminds us that we—people everywhere—are not Washington cyphers but flesh-and-blood human beings who must keep being defiant in order to retain that status.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: the new commercial masters of the ‘branded’ newsroom

openMedia pan-European survey throws up an early warning for the next generation of journalists.

Why we're launching openMedia

Forget fake news. Money can distort media far more disturbingly – through advertorials, and through buying silence. Here’s what we’re doing about it.

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The struggle for survival – what’s next for Syrian journalism?

Media outlets, whether state-sponsored or opposition, often seek to send a specific message to a party through their articles, without complying to any kind of journalistic standards. عربي

Bought and paid for – how Romania’s media is pressured by corporate and political masters

Journalists in Romania failing to conform to pressure from private companies and advertisers face intimidation and risk losing their jobs.

الإعلام في مصيدة الإيديولوجيا

الرفض لإعلام المواطن ينطوي على أزمة مفادها؛ أن الإعلام التقليدي يرفض تمثيل الناس لأنفسهم، بل ويصرّ على الضلوع في إنتاج هوية جمعية يرفضها العامة والغالبية.

صراع البقاء ورهانات التغيير.. الصحافة السوريّة إلى أين؟

من الصعب أن يتحوّل السوري لصحافي يعمل بطريقة احترافية في مؤسسات تخضع لسلطة الممول والأجندة السياسية، وسط فقر الالتزام بمعايير العمل الصحافي. English

The murder of Manuel Buendía, journalist

What sort of a country is it that does not defend its journalists, leaves them alone on the front lines, and cannot, or does not want to find the culprits? Español

You must respect fear

"The best protection that a journalist can have is probably to keep on publishing stuff, to keep on waging a public battle." Interview. Español Português

We’re having an election. George Osborne must put his Evening Standard job on hold until it’s over

Can the former UK Chancellor, who masterminded the Tory victory in 2015, really deliver ‘straight facts and opinion’ as editor of London’s flagship paper during this election campaign?

Egypt: the deep state’s war on journalism

The state is aware that free press means more accountability and their fear of being monitored, exposed, or held accountable indicates how fragile and insecure they are.

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.

Please stop saying that Turkey is gone!

The types of adjectives generally accompanying articles about the Middle East create a core of “knowledge” that is a distorted and narrow reality.

The Independent. In the end, it wasn't. What next?

James Cusick, former political correspondent for The Independent, spent five months investigating why other newspapers had shut down a story about Culture Minister John Whittingdale, only to see his investigation down too. This is his personal view of the Whittingdale scandal and cover up by the press.

The real Whittingdale scandal: a cover up by the UK press

I spent five months with another senior journalist at the Independent newspaper investigating why other papers had shut down a story about the culture minister, only to see my editor shut the investigation down too. Here is the anatomy of a press cover-up.

The photojournalist who ‘damaged Egyptian national unity’

Shawkan, an Egyptian photojournalist, has had his detention extended yet again. His camera has been as cold as the regime currently ruling Egypt - locking up anyone and everyone on no grounds at all.

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