Des Freedman
Des Freedman is Professor of Media and Communications in the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the author of The Politics of Media Policy, co-author of Misunderstanding the Internet and co-editor of several books including The Assault on Universities and Media and Terrorism: Global Perspectives. He is chair of the Media Reform Coalition and a National Committee member of the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom. His new book, The Contradictions of Media Power, comes out in September 2014.

Entries by Des Freedman

The Meaning of the Hacking Trial: A Free Press Would Be A Really Good Idea

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 7:00 PM

When asked what he thought of western civilisation, the Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi replied that 'I think it would be a great idea'. The verdicts handed down from the phone hacking trial together with the information contained during the eight months at the Old Bailey suggest pretty much the...

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Murdoch Buying Murdoch - Should We Care?

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 2:56 PM

When information leaked out last weekend about BSkyB's proposal to buy 21st Century Fox's share of pay-TV channels Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland in order to build a Sky Europe brand, there was a flurry of interest in the business press. Given that Rupert Murdoch's Fox owns 39%...

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A War on the Young? The Closure of BBC Three

(7) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 6:00 PM

The BBC's decision to close its sole youth-focused TV channel, BBC Three, is both depressing and divisive. Depressing because it represents yet another attack on a generation that is already facing the sharp end of austerity policies with high youth unemployment, welfare cuts, the prospect of huge debts for those...

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Why Are We So Frightened of Breaking Up 'Big Media'?

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 6:04 PM

The House of Lords Communications Committee has just published its report into media plurality and few media moguls will be losing much sleep tonight. In its 82 pages, the Committee describes the issue very well - in terms of the need both to provide citizens with a proper...

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The Daily Mail Knows All About 'Hate'

(111) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 7:00 PM

If any single article demonstrates the abuse of press power, the Daily Mail's hatchet job on Ralph Miliband, the father of Labour leader Ed Miliband, has got to be right up there with the best of them. The Mail has now twice run an article accusing Miliband Senior...

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Press Regulation: The Missing Link Is Concentrated Ownership

(7) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 7:23 PM

The picture of Winston Churchill on the front page of 18 March's Sun exhorting MPs to vote for a 'free press' and to reject proposals for independent press regulation is entirely appropriate: never has so much rubbish been written by so many columnists for so little reward. In...

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Was the Iraq War Worth It? Ask the Public

(52) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 6:00 PM

There are two major events this week in London marking the tenth anniversary of the biggest demonstration in British history when some two million people marched against the prospect of a war in Iraq.

The first is a The Huffington Post debate at Goldsmiths, University of London...

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Leveson: Does the Sentence Fit the Crime?

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 7:15 AM

Some 16 months after David Cameron set up a public inquiry to examine the culture, practices and ethics of the press, Lord Justice Leveson has delivered his report. It calls for a new form of independent self-regulation with statutory oversight in order to make sure that the press...

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The BBC: Is This the Corporation's Hacking Crisis?

(11) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 4:17 AM

It's open season on the BBC and, given its performance over the last month, perhaps that is to be expected. Any news organisation which decides not to run a programme investigating accusations of paedophilia against one of its star presenters just before a Christmas special devoted to him, but then...

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Facebook - The Ultimate 'Old Media' Company?

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2012 | 12:50 PM

HuffPost noted on Tuesday that Facebook stock had lost one-third of its value since the company's Initial Public Offering on 18 May. Using rather understated language, the article claimed that the IPO 'was highly anticipated and was supposed to offer proof that social media is a viable business...

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It's Not Just About Murdoch - The Whole System Needs Fixing

(7) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 7:00 PM

This week we are likely to see yet more drama and revelations in the saga that is the Leveson Inquiry as the prime minister's former spin doctor Andy Coulson and former Sun editor and horse owner Rebekah Brooks take the stand. You may be starting to tire of the blanket...

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