WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange interviewed in the Guardian: "I think it's an international disgrace that so few western journalists have been killed in the course of duty, or have been arrested in the course of duty. How many journalists were arrested last year in the United States, a country of 300 million people? How many journalists were arrested in the UK last year?"
Andrew Marr on new media on the BBC News website: "The kit now being sold is truly liberating. Just a few years ago, I was shaking my head and saying I thought I'd had the best of times for journalism, and wouldn't want my children to join the trade. No longer. I'd like to be 20 and starting out again right now."
Lord Mandelson in The Times on the Gillian Duffy 'bigot' affair: "Gordon followed my advice, but afterwards, when he stepped outside into the midst of the throng of waiting media, my heart sank. What he was saying was instantly undermined by the return of a classic Gordon idiosyncrasy: the appearance of a broad grin, very often in an inappropriate context, when he was nervous. In this case, he grinned as he was saying that his remarks about Mrs Duffy had left him mortified. The effect was unfortunate."
Ginny Dougary in The Times on Lord Mandelson: "Trying to shift Peter Mandelson from the political to the personal is no walk in the park either; more like an icy trek in a hostile landscape with no signposts to guide you. Nowhere is this more true than on the subject of his sexuality and his private life. It is not that we are obsessed with talking about it but that he is obsessed with not talking about it. He may, in fact, be the most closeted “out” gay out there."
Editorial consultant Peter Sands on why the Express & Star, Wolverhampton, is the top selling regional newspaper: "It has resisted the trend to turn evening newspapers into mornings (a misguided mantra by van drivers in suits purporting to be circulation managers). If something happens in the morning it will be in the paper, and the readers know that. The morning newspaper market is a crowded place where readers have ten papers to choose from, the evening market is an exclusive zone. Where would you rather be?"
Peter Preston in The Observer warns of a double dip recession for the press: "Most of the press wanted cuts and pain. So bang – for starters – goes a £75m Department of Health ad campaign against obesity. And bang goes a swathe of public service job ads which Eric Pickles, the local government secretary, says must go (far more cheaply) online. HMG is Britain's biggest advertiser."
Tanya de Grunwald in a post on this blog about media companies offering unpaid internships: "At GraduateFog.co.uk we think the real villains are the companies who run these internships (which are often nothing more than a calculated way to cut staff costs). This is an issue that has not been taken seriously enough up until now - possibly because it's always reported on by journalists who have worked unpaid in their day, so have little sympathy!"
Liz Jones in an Independent interview frowns on all the freebies enjoyed by fashion journalists: "If a Westminster reporter took money from the Government or a football reporter took money from a club, it would be a scandal."
Guido Fawkes on why he has introduced software to moderate comments on his blog:"Temperamentally Guido would prefer it to be totally free without any limits. In practice the place would be over-run by 9-11 troofers, Jew-haters, Jihadis, muslim-haters, old fashioned racists and loonie lefties, who unable to get an audience of their own, try to parasite off Guido’s readership."
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