Category: Media Blunders or Media Brilliance

Did a jailed terrorist beg to come home? Newspapers rush to the wrong — though headline-grabbing — conclusion.

18 January 2021 By Paul Martin

‘It’s the Sun wot won it.’ That was a famous headline when the Conservatives unexpectedly won a British general election. Now, more than a quarter of a century later, that popular tabloid newspaper could very well rewrite its deliberately ungrammatical headline and declare: ‘It’s the Sun wot faked it.’ Let’s start by quoting the offending […]

Recent references to Correspondent.World appear in three articles in a major British newspaper.

23 December 2020 By Paul Martin

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The row over the media’s responsibilities continues. UK editors reject pleas to outlaw discrimination against ethnic and religious groups, says Press Gazette.

9 December 2020 By Paul Martin

Can the British media regulate itself, or should it be put under greater control? Here’s the Press Gazette’s take. Top editors have rejected calls to adopt a provision in the Editors’ Code of Practice banning discrimination against groups such as Muslims, Jews and migrant communities in the press. The Editors’ Code Committee (made up of […]

How unwell South African children found their voices — and others around the world. During the pandemic, they’re running their own internet radio station from a Cape Town hospital studio.

28 November 2020 By Paul Martin

RX Radio has given children the opportunity to voice their opinions and understand others By Luzuko Sonkapu. This article was submitted to the Media Monitoring Africa Isu Elihle Awards. I’m an 18-year-old with a chronic illness, spinal muscular atrophy, and at the start of lockdown in March it was better for me to move to […]

A coup against a coup? Top film gurus argue over allegations of the suppression of a film about MI6’s role in the overthrow of an Iranian leader.

8 November 2020 By Paul Martin

Lord Puttnam has stepped into a row to back an independent film-maker who has accused Brian Lapping and Norma Percy, two top names in British investigative filmed journalism, of “blocking” his documentary —  about Britain’s role in a coup that overthrew the leader of Iran in 1953.  Lapping and Percy vehemently deny the allegation and have […]

Portrayers of a coup in Iran were accused of inserting a false narrative. Now the film has been withdrawn. But the plot thickens.

13 October 2020 By Paul Martin

 Taghi Amirani, presenter and producer of Coup 53, a two-hour feature documentary about the British role in the 1953 Iranian coup d’etat, has suddenly withdrawn it from digital circulation, after its main investigative claims were publicly rejected by the producers of the 1985 television series End of Empire.