Friday, 12 September 2014

Media Quotes of the Week: From the Sun slams police secret snooping on political editor's mobile phone records to the perfect T-shirt for journalists

The Sun [£] in a leader: "The secret snooping on our political editor Tom Newton Dunn’s mobile phone records by the Metropolitan Police after the ‘Plebgate’ scandal is an outrage…We applaud the Government’s interceptions watchdog for deciding to investigate this scandal. The Met must not get away with it.”

David Banks on the Guardian's Media Blog: "Journalists never betray a confidential source – but now they do not need to, the law will do it for them. The law will do it for them, without their consent, without their argument and without them even knowing about it. That is the chilling truth about the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (Ripa)."

Alan Rusbridger, speaking at the British Library's Benjamin Franklin House Annual Symposium, as reported by Press Gazette: "This whole thing that's supposedly sacred to journalists about confidentiality of sources is in peril. And that requires urgent action by journalists to make sure they understand the technologies that will enable them to communicate."

The Telegraph in a leader on the seizure of Sun political editor Tom Newton Dunn's phone records by police: "The case of Mr Newton Dunn’s phone records is a perfect example of why the industry was right to resist allowing Parliament any stake in the regulation of the press. After all, if the police are prepared to use their powers in such a heavy-handed way, why would Westminster be any more self-disciplined? It is vital that we keep the media free of state intrusion. For a free press is a cornerstone of a democratic society: a critic of vested interests, a voice for the voiceless and a defender of the right to free speech."

The Campaign for the Protection of Journalists launching a petition for the right to report: "Revelations about surveillance, intimidation, and exploitation of the press have raised unsettling questions about whether the U.S. and other Western democracies risk undermining journalists’ ability to report in the digital age. They also give ammunition to repressive governments seeking to tighten restrictions on media and the Internet. When journalists believe they might be targeted by government hackers, pulled into a criminal investigation, or searched and interrogated about their work at the U.S. border, their ability to inform the public erodes. If journalists cannot communicate in confidence with sources, they cannot do their jobs. Join us. Support the right to report."

Rupert Murdoch ‏@rupertmurdoch On Twitter: "Salmond's private polls predict 54-46 Yes. Desperate last ten days ahead for both sides. Most powerful media, BBC, totally biased for No."

Sir Alan Moses, chairman of the Independent Press Standards Organisation, on press victims opposed to the new regulator, quoted in Press Gazette: "Of course they're angry, desperately angry, of course they don't trust IPSO and they regard it as a fake and I'm not at all surprised but I want to show that they're wrong."

Roy Greenslade in the London Evening Standard on Alan Moses: "Ipso’s figurehead, former Appeal Court judge Sir Alan Moses, appears from his public and private statements to be on a collision course with his employers...Hacked Off should be pleased with Moses. In asserting his independence, he gives every appearance of being closer to their position than that of the publishers."

Nick Davies
Stephen Glover in the New Statesman on Nick Davies: "Despite his prowess in unmasking wrongdoing, I see him in many ways as a destructive figure, consumed by unreasonable hatreds, whose motivation was not only to expose malpractice at the NoW but also to weaken much of the British press, in which task he has succeeded pretty well."

Nick Davies responds to Glover on Press Gazette: “Repeatedly, he describes my inner thoughts - my motives, my hatreds, my feelings. This man has never spoken to me. This is pure imagination (and he happens to have got every single claim wrong)."

Tony Gallagher ‏@gallaghereditor on Twitter: "The Independent captures Royal baby mania today."

The Independent: "The Google 'right to be forgotten' ruling is creating a boom time for reputation management PR companies, which are charging clients for having personal information erased from the Internet."

Suzanne Moore in the Guardian:"The Tories have never looked cool, but GQ fixes it so this is one party the A-listers want to be at. That’s quite an achievement. Someone should get an award, a goody bag, a knighthood, a front cover, an exclusive for this exchange. Apparently, even the celebrity sheep found it hard to applaud Blair’s award. But their presence is what they trade in and they have chosen to be part of this joke. GQ calls itself the men’s magazine with IQ. They just don’t mention it’s the IQ of a stunned newt."

Frederic Filloux in an open letter to Ben Horowitz on Monday Note: "BuzzFeed is to journalism what Geraldo is to Walter Cronkite. It sucks. It is built on meanest of readers’ instincts. These endless stream of crass listicles are an insult to the human intelligence and goodness you personify."

PR writing on the Guardian's Media Network"For every slapdash PR, there’s a journalist who has guzzled so much of their own Kool-Aid they’re metaphorical Augustus Gloops, absorbing the pandering, the flattery, the (oft-misplaced) influence, forgetting that they’re covering an iPhone launch, not reporting from the Gaza strip."

The subeditor ‏@subedited on Twitter: "H&M come out with the perfect T-Shirt for any journalist."

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