Brian Cathcart

Brian Cathcart


Brian Cathcart is professor of journalism at Kingston University London and was a founder of the Hacked Off campaign. He served as specialist adviser to the commons media select committee in 2008-10. Irish by background, he was a journalist at Reuters, the Independent papers and the New Statesman, and has written books about the murders of Stephen Lawrence and Jill Dando, as well as on the history of nuclear science.

Brian’s book, Everybody’s Hacked Off: Why We Don’t Have the Press We Deserve and What to Do About It, with an introduction by Hugh Grant, was published as a Penguin Special in September 2012. His latest book, The News From Waterloo, was published by Faber in Spring 2015.

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The family of Geoff Gray will hear the conclusions of HHJ Peter Rook QC tomorrow following his second inquest. Their son died at Deepcut nearly 18 years ago. More years than he was alive.

Best name for this boy band so far - "No Direction". Any advance on that?

A huge thank you to all of you, our wonderful supporters.
Nobody should ever be made a victim of press abuse and it is with your support we can keep pushing for real change.

It’s out! I started this journey 13 years ago. It was stopped by the police arriving at my door in 2008, then again when the subject of the book was arrested in 2016 and put on trial. But today, it is finally published. Thank you to the scores of ppl who helped make it possible.

Meet the Bad Press Hunters @BylineFest 23-26 August- grab a ticket before they go

Boris Johnson says his time as Mayor proves he will keep his promises.

In his time at City Hall Boris broke promises on:

- Heathrow
- Police
- Rough sleeping
- Taxes
- Ticket offices
- Strikes
- Fares
- Buses
- Congestion
- Bikes
- Fire cuts
- Taxis

Extensive use by Mirror Group News Desks of Private Investigators Exposed in Court | At least seven middle-managers found in a sample of 2% of private investigator invoices @jamesdoleman reports

As Mayor of London you claimed legacy projects from your predecessor as your own, you squandered millions of pounds on a Garden Bridge that was never built, millions on a cable car that was hardly used and bought a water cannon that couldn’t be used.

@MatthewdAncona The sound of the beast slouching towards Bethlehem..

Revealed: Climate change denier makes big donations to Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt. New exclusive up on @openDemocracy (by me) Johnson and Hunt both got £25k from company linked to major ‘climate science denial’ group. Johnson yet to declare the funding

Hard to understand why the Prime Minister blames the BBC for the Cameron govt’s decision to stop paying free TV licences for the old, palming the huge cost off onto the BBC. At the time it looked like political conmanship, but that’s been conveniently forgotten.#BBCLicenceFee

NSPCC staff: "In particular, we are concerned at the NSPCC’s decision to replicate the experience that many trans children and adults experience in being subjected to abuse and ridicule and subsequently abandoned."

What a horror show the Tory leadership election is. Tax cuts for the richest, attacks on abortion rights, hypocrisy on drugs, continued Brexit delusion. True colours well and truly on show.

About this time 75 years ago the residents of of Oradour-sur-Glane were enjoying a normal day in their picturesque French village. By nightfall, 642 men, women and children would be dead; massacred in 'reprisals' by SS troops. Today the village ruins stand as a silent memorial.

So Boris Johnson wants to spend nearly £10bn on tax cuts, and 83% of it will go to the richest ten percent of households - at a time when child poverty is rising and children are going hungry. This isn’t just the wrong national priority, it’s unfair and immoral

Suggs from Madness will be performing at 5pm on Sunday 26 August on the main stage @BylineFest 23-26 August- join him for ‘It must be love’ - we’ incredibly pleased to have him in ‘Our House’ - Book now while tickets last

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After an unforgettable two years at The @FA, it’s time to embark on an exciting new chapter in my career. 📖

Today I join @TheJockeyClub as their Group Content & Social Media Manager! 👨🏻‍💻

My DMs are open so please send horse racing memes (for research purposes). ✌️

A very interesting piece of data-driven citizen journalism.


My dad died. Classic start to a funny story. He was buried in a small village in Sussex. I was really close to my dad so I visited his grave a lot. I still do. [DON’T WORRY, IT GETS FUNNIER.]

When they try to tell you @RoryStewartUK is some sort of moderate, remember he called for these people to be killed.