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  • seandodson 1:09 pm on February 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , financial times, hugh cudlipp, lionel barber, london college of communication, , ,   

    Lionel Barber, editor of the FT: on phone hacking, Wikileaks and the downfall of Vince Cable 

    Lionel Barber, the cerebral editor of the FT (his brain is so big that it casts a shadow right across the Thames) has given the annual Hugh Cudlipp lecture at the London College of Communication (full text here). It’s a very good speech, not least because it provides the opinion of a well respected editor on three of the most controversial stories of recent months:

    On the Vince Cable story

    “The Daily Telegraph’s decision to dispatch two journalists posing as constituents to interview the business secretary Vince Cable … was nothing more than entrapment journalism”.

    On phone hacking

    “Failure to clean house at all news organisations would leave the mainstream media in Britain at risk of retribution in the form of statutory regulation. Many MPs are itching to retaliate for the humiliation of the expenses scandal, but statutory regulation would be a grave step in the wrong direction.

    Press freedom is woven into the fabric of our nation. We do not want to go down the same road as countries such as Argentina, Hungary and South Africa which have adopted or are about to adopt new laws curbing press freedom. Democracy, it should be remembered, is not just about holding elections.”

    On Wikileaks

    “So while official reprisals may still follow, I am inclined to side with my FT colleague Gideon Rachman who wrote, half tongue in cheek, that the Obama administration should pin a medal on Mr Assange. By and large, the cables revealed that what the US government reported in private was exactly what the US government said in public.”

  • seandodson 7:44 pm on February 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , comic, , , financial times, ,   

    The FT watches the Watchmen 


    It’s not often that the Financial Times covers the comic industry – but then again its not often that a grapic novel as brilliant as The Watchmen is adapted for the silver screen. Here’s what it thinks:

    “The best comics (writes FT film critic Nigel Andrews) are honoured as near-prophetic screeds: their mix of words and pictures form a pop-hieroglyphic art that tilts at global or social anxieties, through fable and fantasy, and interrogates notions of heroism, while occupying an aesthetic vantage ground between literature and cinema.”

    He goes on to wonder if Hollywood can handle the Watchmen. Well can it?
    (via Art & Letters Daily)

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