Brian Cathcart

Brian Cathcart

Author

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.

Brian Cathcart @BrianCathcart

I like The Byline Times. Don’t live in an echo chamber, lots of differing views in this publication including James, try it 👇🏻https://bylinetimes.com/2020/01/14/the-real-project-fear-fake-news-and-johnny-foreigner/

What @piersmorgan is (mis-)referring to is @guardian view (shared by Hacked Off) that intercepting messages might be ethical if done in the public interest https://www.theguardian.com/media/2011/dec/06/leveson-inquiry-guardian-phone-hacking. As opposed to his Daily Mirror's hacking which Mirror Grp has never argued was in public interest https://twitter.com/piersmorgan/status/1218935277399486465

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Again.

Below is what the owners of the Mirror papers were forced to admit in 2018.

This confession referred to the years 1996-2006.

@piersmorgan was editor of the Daily Mirror, the group's biggest title by far, from 1995 to 2004.

@piersmorgan denies hacking.

This is a good piece, but in reality you *will* read about this - and indeed a lot has already been written about it - at @BylineTimes and @BInvestigates. Please follow, support, subscribe. It seems to me the Guardian/Obs generally turn a blind eye to press misconduct these days.

How reliable is royal reporting? I've just come across this piece I wrote in 2007 about another, different royal sensation. It seems to me that the reliability has not changed, but the level of downright malice has. #HarryandMeghan @arusbridger https://www.newstatesman.com/media/2007/04/sun-royal-prince-world-kate

You think just because I'm a white male I have 'privilege'? You don't know me or what I've been through. Let me tell you something about my life: I have mild eczema. Also my broadband connection is often weak. What do you think about that? Hmm? Not so privileged now am I?

Maybe someone should gently direct Piers to the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, because this obsessive, unhinged behaviour is the kind of I thing I see a lot of men prosecuted for.

Just a reminder folks. There is still an ongoing criminal investigation into Deepcut barracks between 1995 and 2002.

This is as close to abdication as it gets for Meghan and Harry. Good@luck to them. Let's now have a constitutional convention to slim the size and limit the powers of the monarchy - and while we are at it: Leveson 2 👇🏽 https://www.royal.uk/statement-her-majesty-queen-0

*stares at @SkyNews* https://twitter.com/SkyNews/status/1217702719445663749

It's a shame that #WhitePrivilege is such a widely misunderstood concept.

It does NOT mean you're racist.

It does NOT mean your life has been easy.

It does NOT mean you don't face struggles too.

It means your life isnt made harder by the colour of your skin.

That's it. https://twitter.com/DarrenPlymouth/status/1218072994775535623

David Inshaw b. 1943 ' The Badminton Game ' 1972 ♥️

With print sales plunging, Telegraph Media Group has taken the principled decision to stop having the circulation of @Telegraph (the Daily Boris) and its Sunday sister audited by the industry's recognised body, ABC. Instead, it will be done "independently" by an accountancy firm

Don’t be distracted by the shiny “courts are going to be televised!” announcement. Of far greater significance is the Prime Minister’s Trumpian plan to restrict judicial review to make it easier for him and his ministers to act unlawfully.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/courts-are-not-for-politics-by-other-means-warns-pm-qzlmwvzd7

Breaking: A LEADING Royal pundit exposed by @BInvestigates for illegal news-gathering has told the BBC that Prince Harry is no victim of ‘Press intrusion’ - despite writing about his private phone calls and texts for NINE years. Read more here: https://bit.ly/2QZien0

#OtD 15 Jan 1934 the UK tabloid the Daily Mail published an article 'Hurrah for the Blackshirts!' supporting Oswald Mosley's fascist movement. Written by Viscount Rothemere, whose family still own the Mail, its politics haven't really changed much

Did she DM using Vodaphone..? https://twitter.com/piersmorgan/status/1217497835488337925

Can we talk for a minute about how you don't think you know any Travellers, or Gypsies please.

I think you do.

I think I know why you don't realise you do.

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Please contact your MP! https://twitter.com/chooselove/status/1217481896768217088