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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If you are mourning and celebrating Notre Dame, you should also be relieved by the containment of a fire at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem. This is probably the third-holiest site in Islam and of incalculable historical value.

I love this picture of Charlie Chaplin with Helen Keller. She is seeing the most famous face in the World (ever?) with her fingers. He's a man who made silent art meeting someone who lived in real silence.

When I was a young man 40 years ago, Heseltine represented the politics of the right to me, and I loathed him. Today I see him as an ally against forces so despicable that they transcend any differences that I would have with him. via @krishgm

How many times have you passed by one of England's majestic cathedrals and not given it a second glance? We have our own Notre Dames (such as Lincoln, below), full of ancient art and treasures, right on our doorstep. Visit one.

Ok quick poll.

Which Catastrophic fire will generate the most media coverage, sympathy and financial support.
Comment by all means.

At the summit one Prime Minister warned us not to be dreamers, not to think #Brexit could be reversed. But in this difficult moment, we need dreamers and dreams. We cannot give in to fatalism.
At least I will not stop dreaming about a united Europe.

This morning we should all stand in awe of the medieval stonemasons who designed and built a cathedral that could withstand the most devastating of fires. What modern building could survive this? These people knew their stuff.

Can we now stop using 'medieval' as a pejorative?

A poster from about 1960. #notredame #NotreDameFire #paris

Christ, this is awful. The destruction of a French, European and world treasure, the focal point of 800 years of spiritual devotion. Utterly tragic. #NotreDame

Cette cathédrale Notre-Dame, nous la rebâtirons. Tous ensemble. C’est une part de notre destin français. Je m’y engage : dès demain une souscription nationale sera lancée, et bien au-delà de nos frontières.

I love how @DavidLammy didn't concede any ground against Andrew Marr's attempted defence of the ERG and their far-right flirtations.

Clip worth watching

I am so angered by this that I will act for free for the first person who gets in touch with me, facing potential imprisonment for non-payment if council tax.
Will any of my lawyer colleagues make the same commitment?
This law has got to change.

@HackedOffHugh @BrianCathcart @BBCNews Did the Whittingdale era usher in a lot of these problems? My general feeling is that there was an institutional fear that he would only make things worse if the BBC didn't concede to his demands.

@BrianCathcart @Telegraph @KatiePrice Free press eh? The system is rotten at both ends. People die in parts of the world for 'free press', whilst freedom of the press here is clearly seen as their freedom to do whatever they please without fear of proper moral or legal redress, and in the face of moral integrity 5/5

@acgrayling I agree. News is the problem. I don't resent the licence fee - far from it - it's wonderful value - but the BBC have got News badly wrong, and they need to sort it out.

Really interesting piece👇👌I’d also love to see some greater analysis of the pitch to the Indian, Pakistani & Bangladeshi communities who were told #Brexit would make hiring chefs easier...

Over the last 8 years has @BBCNews been shepherded gently to the right by an influx from the right wing papers? Probably. But also...