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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Thomas Cook passengers won't be out of pocket because from the EU Package Travel Directive (2015/2302/EU) protects European travellers for cancellation, repatriation and refunds. It's the kind of 'red tape' Johnson wants to get rid of. #ATOL

Hope I've not stirred up a hornet's nest here...

The rule of law is the foundation of any democratic society. Amid rising polarisation & threats against basic democratic values, it's vital to take a stand against extremism. So today we've listed every company we found advertising in the Mail on Sunday. /1 #DefendDemocracy

Tomorrow, nearly a third of Crown Courts will sit empty.

Not for want of judges - many full-time salaried judges will be paid to sit twiddling their thumbs at home.

But because the government won't pay to keep the courts open. Meanwhile, trials are being listed for Summer 2020.

Ben Stokes, The Sun and Gareth Thomas: muckraking journalism with no regard for private lives via @Inforrm

In 2013, when I was not a public figure, I gave an interview to a local newspaper about my plans to restore a local heritage asset. @JuliaHB1 has now issued an open invitation to those sending me death threats to come and find me and my three young children at that isolated spot.

Why has this cheered me up this morning ... odd?

Ben Stokes, The Sun and Gareth Thomas: muckraking journalism with no regard for private lives

Cover star @ObsNewReview #KatharineGun #OfficialSecrets @OSFilmUK

I grew up in N Ireland & left in 1983 because of this kind of crap, if you have no idea what this kind of bigotry is.
Get informed & BE’s scary shit😳...

Listening to Liza Tarbuck, laughing in the car. It’s like having a very funny mate on the back seat, chatting away, playing superb tunes. For my money, she’s seriously under-rated and maybe even the best thing on @BBCRadio2.

I can't imagine why the Conservative Government didnt want Levison 2... Oh wait... @BrianCathcart

Why Boris Johnson's Funding from Hedge Funds is a Matter of Public Interest. 65% of Boris Johnson’s donations came from hedge funds, city traders and rich investors! via @BylineTimes

Dumping to the Mail for money on the state employer who made you rich and prominent - the very day you retire.

Following the appalling intrusion this week into the privacy of Ben Stokes and Gareth Thomas, I have written to my MP to insist that we put an end to victim journalism! We need independent regulation of the press now. #LevesonPressRegNow

The sleaziness of this.

I’ve seen a lot of newspaper commentators, columnists, TV pundits and media experts rush to Laura K’s defence. But very few of them address the Ben Stokes and Gareth Thomas reporting scandals. Funny, that.