Last of the Independent

February 15, 2016

Last of the Independent

The Independent, together with its Sunday sibling, has ceased print production and is henceforth only to be available through its website. This could simply be the way of modern media, given that many of us now read our news through smartphones and tablets – thus saving on the cover price of the printed edition and ensuring that the news is up to date.

It takes a certain amount of money to keep a newspaper in print – as the Independent’s owners have discovered – but that investment grounds the paper and without it the Independent risks losing the gravitas that sets a broadsheet newspaper apart from other media. So we could also see this as a large scale experiment on the links between printed and online editions. Of course it would be better if the Independent had a decent website, one that wasn’t obscured by advertising.

Master or servant:

September 3, 2014

Master or servant:
The Metropolitan Police report into the Plebgate affair has revealed that the police sometimes use the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa) to obtain journalists phone records. This circumvents the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (Pace), which has a specific clause requiring a judge’s signature in order to protect journalist’s sources.
One might think that the police would be sensitive to dodgy methods of accessing phone records after all the furore over journalists hacking voice mails. Instead we are slipping into a dangerous world where the authorities do as they please. This is the same mentality that criminalises parents if they disagree with their child’s doctor. It’s important in a democracy that we remember that the state serves us, not the other way around.