A new campaign group called Just Stop Oil, from the strategists behind XR and Insulate Britain, isplanning nationwide direct action in response to Boris Johnson’s new fossil fuel investments (which signs the UK up for decades of continued fossil fuel use).
We needed to stop using fossil fuels years ago. Instead, governments are signing us up to decades more exploration and exploitation.
The Media Reform Coalition released a briefing last week that provides a summary of the government’s recent proposals for the licence fee, assesses its motivations and consequences, and identifies some potential action points.
Our analysis draws on our recent evidence and proposals from two Media Reform Coalition reports published in late 2021:
Does the public have a right to know about potential criminal activity?No says the UK’s Supreme Court, which has ruled a case against Bloomberg for naming a businessman being investigated for wrongdoing before he had been charged. Commentators have described this as punishment of investigative journalists for tabloid excesses, and claim it “creates serious risks of legitimate media investigation being suppressed, and wrongdoing going unreported”. Shortly afterward, it wasreported that new laws could roll back the decision. (FT/The Guardian)
Leaked information hasrevealed that Joe Rogan’s Spotify deal was “at least $200 million”, not $100 million as previously reported. (NYT)
As Meta faces upcoming regulation from the EU, former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has beenpromoted within the company to President of Global Affairs. TechCrunch paraphrases the job description as “president of tilting at regulatory headwinds”. (TechCrunch)
Buried in Meta’s annual Securities and Exchange Commission filings was an interestingthreat: “if officials on both sides of the Atlantic can’t reach an agreement on data transfers and warehousing, the company may have to pull its Facebook and Instagram platforms from Europe.” (Ars Technica)
News engagement among Americans hasdeclined significantly after a year of overwhelming information about COVID-19 and politics. Only 33% of Americans surveyed in a Gallup/Knight poll at the end of 2021 said they pay “a great deal” of attention to national news, compared to 54% the previous year. (Knight Foundation)
Sarah Palin’s lawsuit against the New York Times, regarding a 2017 editorial that linked her to a mass shooting, has been struck down by a jury. The judge had said that even if they didn’t, he would dismiss the case because “her legal team had failed to provide sufficient evidence that she had been defamed”. Jeremy W. Petersclaims that “The jury’s verdict, and the judge’s decision, served as a validation of the longstanding legal precedent that considers an occasional mistake by the media a necessary cost of discourse in a free society.” (NYT)
Several high profile news organisations arebacking the next lot of anti-trust bills against Big Tech firms. NYT, NPR, News Corp and others are supporting two bills aimed at reining in Apple, Amazon, and Google’s dominance over apps and advertising. (Reuters)
A beta version of Trump’s new social media app ‘Truth Social’ has beenlaunched, with around 500 user-testers, who have reportedly commented on the platform’s similarity to Twitter. (The Guardian)
CNN hasannouncedThe Murdochs: Empire of Influence, a six-part docuseries to be released on the launch of its new streaming platform CNN+ in the spring. (CNN Press Room)