It’s been a hot summer, especially for the Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn, over his handling of the controversy concerning alleged anti-semitism in the party and its adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of anti-semitism together with examples. At its height, the dispute dominated the media and it is the way the media covered this controversy that has been the subject of an in-depth, academic-level research by the London based Media Reform Coalition (MRC). The report can be read at: http://www.mediareform.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Labour-antisemitism-and-the-news-FINAL-PROOFED.pdf . Although published last month, the report has received little coverage in the mainstream media, but it has been given prominence in the daily socialist newspaper the Morning Star.
In March the Government commissioned the Cairncross Review to look into the sustainability of high-quality journalism, and threats to journalism, brought about by technological change and consumer behaviour. The Review headed by chairwoman Dame Frances Cairncross, said: “This review is not about preserving the status quo. We need to explore ways in which we can ensure that consumers in 10 years time have access to high-quality journalism which meets their needs, is delivered in the way they want, and supports democratic engagement.”
A report published by the US Pew Research Centre http://assets.pewresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2018/05/10185248/PJ_2018.05.14_Western-Europe_FINAL.pdf found that less that half the adults in the UK say that the news media is doing a good job at getting the facts right, the worst trustworthiness rate in Western Europe! The report was published at the same time as the House of Commons rejected the call to hold part two of the Leveson Inquiry into the conduct of the media which included a number of new provisions including an investigation into the dissemination of information and news, including false news stories.