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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DUP’s influence over Brexit is ‘unacceptable’, Nicola Sturgeon tells Theresa May #lbc #fbpe #conservatives #labour #libdems #snp #plaidcymru #PeoplesVote #StopBrexit #brexit #itvnews #bbcnews #jeremyvine #ThisMorning #Derbyshire #moggmentum #Momentum #dup

Ex-@BBCNewsnight producer @farahjassat is among the journalists expressing serious concerns about BBC editorial decisions around Christ Church terrorist massacre, Expect @newswatchbbc to discuss coverage with a senior BBC figure this Friday.

Amazing news from a vital independent media outlet. Congratulations Salford Star!

New Zealand's iconic silver fern is beautifully redrawn as Muslims in different stages of prayer. (By Pat Campbell, the Canberra Times). #NewZealand

I’ve been thinking recently about the parallels between trans rights and climate change, and the role of the media. Hear me out... [thread]

France’s EU minister names her cat 'Brexit' because ‘he meows loudly to be let out but just stands there when I open the door’

"During our meeting, Banks spoke scathingly of the Web site Open Democracy, which has published detailed articles on Banks’s business dealings and political activities." Fantastic! @openDemocracy in @NewYorker on #Brexit and Arron Banks by @edcaesar

Islamophobia seems to be at its vilest & most dangerous in Australia, America & the UK at the moment. I'm sure they have something pretty huge in common, media-wise, but I can't quite put my finger on it...

Come on French media. Give our kiosquiers appeal some publicity, as The Local France has done. I've just done an interview with RTL radio also.

Excellent idea: best way for the Sun to help in the fight against hatred would be for it not to publish for a while. Thread

It’s clear now that @BrandonLewis @Conservatives have been dishonest about complaints of #islamophobia & racism
This is further evidence that Islamophobia is an institutional issue in my Party
Dismissals &denials by colleagues makes them complicit - bystanders as hate prevails

Surprised that @bbcnickrobinson didn't challenge @BWallaceMP's claim that our "strong mainstream media" is a bulwark against far right extremism. Do we think there is the teeniest possibility the likes of the Mail, the Sun and the Express encourage it, do we think? @BBCr4today

Back in 2010 experts warned: "Islamophobic, negative & unwarranted portrayals of... Muslim Londoners as terrorists, sympathisers and subversives in sections of the media appear to provide the motivation for a significant number of anti-Muslim hate crimes"

I used to assume that people didn’t quite see the danger of casual hate speech against Muslims, and how it has been racialised.

I no longer believe this to be the case. Politicians and the media know exactly what they are doing. My column today.

It’s totally obvious that a huge swathe of the media has normalised Islamophobia over the last twenty years, and colleagues getting defensive when this is pointed out should probably quietly reflect on why that’s your first emotion.

My favourite billboard. “Where’s Nigel?”


John Bercow has been a real supporter. He led a minute's silence and has visited a mosque. Thank you for your leadership.

Our exclusive reveals 1,000s of computers have been lost from public spaces - at the same time as gov services such as Universal Credit are moving to online-only applications. ‘It’s a double whammy of digital exclusion’ says MP @tom_watson - @HuffPostUK

Sajid Javid has demonised British Pakistani men to appeal to the right; he abandoned a British Muslim girl in Syria and stripped her of citizenship to get the populist vote. And now without shame he is saying we must not let far right extremists divide us