Picture Northern Ireland’s most senior police officer, George Hamilton, settling down to watch the film No Stone Unturned. It must have left him worried, angry and possibly betrayed. It certainly landed a big decision in his lap. The documentary feature, …

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Guardian editor, Alan Rusbridger

IFJ/NUJ/Guardian conference – Journalism In An Age Of Mass Surveillance The Guardian, London 16 October 2014  Above: Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger Cocktail shakers are newly popular among Guardian journalists, and manual typewriters are making a comeback.  Both result from rising …

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Watching television pictures of the demonstration outside the BBC’s Scottish headquarters yesterday, I felt concerned for my friends and colleagues who work there.  Estimates of the crowd size outside their place of work started at around 1,000 – some called …

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Shocking as was the sight of Al Jazeera journalists  Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed locked in a cage while they were sentenced to long jail terms, broadcast pictures rendered the scene remote.   Meeting with the three journalists’ colleagues, …

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This is a written up version of a speech that I gave to the Association of Journalism Educators’ annual conference on 13 June 2014, at Liverpool John Mores University. When Keri Hudson was 21, she took on an unpaid internship …

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Kate Goolde, Ewen MacAskill, Duncan Campbell and Jo Glanville. Tim Dawson at the lectern. Photo: Ian McKenzie

This is a written up version of the speech that I gave to the Don’t Spy On Us day of action on 7 June 2014.  The event sold out its 500-seat venue.  At the end of my session I gave …

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Mike Holderness, NUJ member of honour Picture: Mark Dimmock

Based on the citation I delivered, conferring on Mike Holderness NUJ membership of honour. Mike Holderness might look like a mild-mannered, middle-aged anarchist – but the man we have before us is a warrior.  For the past quarter century, he …

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