Downing Street plans daily televised briefings in PR shake-up

Spokesperson will be hired to become face of government, in move away from lobby systemDowning Street is to host White House-style daily televised press briefings and will hire an experienced broadcaster to act as spokesperson and become the face of the government.The successful candidate will be a political appointment and is likely to become a household name. Their responses to journalists’ questions could feature prominently on the evening news and any mistakes might be covered in detail. Continue reading...

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Vogue Portugal under fire for mental health cover in 'very bad taste'

Front of magazine’s ‘Madness’ issue attacked as attempt to glamorise mental illnessVogue Portugal has been criticised for insensitive treatment of mental health on one of its latest magazine covers.The image – one of four covers created for its July/August “Madness” issue – features model Simona Kirchnerova crouched in a bath flanked by two nurses, with one pouring water over her head. The cover has been criticised both for attempting to glamorise mental illness and for the use of the outdated term “madness”. Continue reading...

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Hong Kong journalists and lawyers scramble to adapt to security law

Protective measures taken and social media erased as both question how they can operateJournalists and lawyers in Hong Kong are scrambling to adapt as Chinese authorities set up the apparatus to enforce a controversial national security law, including appointing a hardline party official to head a new security agency.Zheng Yanxiong, who is best known for tackling protests on the mainland, is to run the office established under the law that empowers mainland security agents to operate in Hong Kong openly and unbound for the first time. Continue reading...

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Khashoggi fiancee calls for justice as 20 Saudi officials go on trial in Turkey

Hatice Cengiz hopes trial in absentia will reveal circumstances of journalist’s death and location of remainsThe fiancee of Jamal Khashoggi has told a Turkish court that all avenues for justice must be explored as 20 Saudi officials went on trial in absentia over the journalist’s gruesome killing and dismemberment in Istanbul in 2018.Taking the witness stand on Friday morning at Istanbul’s Çağlayan courthouse complex, Hatice Cengiz had to pause several times to stop her voice from breaking. The absence of the 20 defendants, as well as Khashoggi’s still missing remains, weighed heavily over the proceedings. Continue reading...

The Guardian > Media Khashoggi fiancee calls for justice as 20 Saudi officials go on trial in Turkey

'I stuck my foot in the door': what it is like to be black in UK publishing

‘More African’ covers. Adding racist characters. As authors and industry insiders share their experiences, readers can see how the books they read are changed by white publishersPublishing is in the middle of a reckoning. In the weeks since the death of George Floyd, as black authors topped UK books charts for the first time, and #Publishingpaidme exposed the disparities in what black and white writers are paid, publishers – long criticised for employing overwhelmingly white workforces who cater for white readers – have been grappling with their record with black authors, editors and agents. And black people in publishing are not holding back, sharing details of the “hostile enviro..

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Wanted dead or archive: how film-makers repurpose old footage

Werner Herzog did it with Grizzly Man, Adam McKay did it with Vice – from archival libraries to old film canisters from charity shops, the past is waiting to be brought to lifeA child sits on a rock ledge buckling his shoe. The camera zooms towards a mysterious dark shape behind him as the boy scampers towards us in fright. A black bear has just lumbered into view. We may never know how this scene played out, who shot it, or why. These grainy images unfurl from a dusty film canister found in a charity shop. Around the world, limitless hours of undiscovered footage like this lie waiting for a new audience; from forgotten newsreels to public information films, astral visions shot by astronau..

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Nul points: why Netflix's Eurovision film hits all the wrong notes

Will Ferrell’s spoof can’t get a handle on camp and misses a vital point: Eurovision already does a fine job making fun of itselfThe terrible sadness at the heart of Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is that the film just doesn’t get Eurovision. Almost all other discussion of the movie’s qualities is immaterial; the central question at the heart of an enterprise such as this has to be how successful it is in depicting the greatest annual entertainment ceremony of all time. At stake: nothing less than the very concept of European identity.The omens are bad when you look at the creative team. Admittedly Will Ferrell has form in this sort of caper (the closest parallel in ..

The Guardian > Media Nul points: why Netflix's Eurovision film hits all the wrong notes

ABC voice for diversity in line for redundancy as broadcaster makes $41m in cuts | The Weekly Beast

Peta Credlin apologises after blaming Covid-19 cluster on South Sudanese community. Plus: Ginger Meggs in comic stuff-upAn executive who has championed diversity at the ABC has had her role abolished in the broadcaster’s $41m cuts to staff and programs.Andrea Ho, the head of planning for the regional and local division, told Weekly Beast she could not comment on her redundancy, but “improving diversity and inclusion in ABC content and people has been one part of my professional remit”. Continue reading...

The Guardian > Media ABC voice for diversity in line for redundancy as broadcaster makes $41m in cuts | The Weekly Beast

Jeremy Kyle Show death: family query 'edited' footage from show

Pre-inquest hearing told Steve Dymond’s family are concerned footage may have been ‘polished’The family of a man who died after appearing on the Jeremy Kyle Show has expressed concern over a lie detector test he took during the programme and the level of support he was given afterwards.Relatives of Steve Dymond, 63, also suggested at a pre-inquest hearing that footage they had been provided with of the show may have been “polished and edited”. Continue reading...

The Guardian > Media Jeremy Kyle Show death: family query 'edited' footage from show