Thursday, January 15, 2015

Chris Blackhurst OUT of Standard/Indy

After a terrible run editing the Indy – where he tried to sign the paper up a government backed press regulator – and then sitting on his arse at the Standard for a year on huge money, Lebedev has finally booted Chris Blackhurst out. Sorry, he’s gone to extend his “range of interests”:

From: Doug Wills
Sent: 15 January 2015 16:00
To: ES ALL
Subject: Changes in the Business department

Chris Blackhurst has decided to step down as the multi-media head of business across the Evening Standard, Independent, Independent on Sunday and i titles.

Chris will continue to write regular columns and conduct weekly interviews for the newspapers and London Live TV.

Jim Armitage has been promoted from his current position as deputy city editor to City Editor for the titles.

It may be helpful to know that the following statement has been released by the company:

THE multi-media head of business at the Evening Standard and Independent, Chris Blackhurst, has decided to step down.

Blackhurst, who oversees the group’s business coverage, will continue to write regular columns and conduct weekly interviews for the newspapers and London Live TV. However, he will now also be free to pursue other ventures.

“I’ve been thinking about extending my range of interests for some time,” said Blackhurst. “I made up my mind over Christmas. I’d like to see what other journalistic opportunities in print, digital and broadcast, directorships, advisory and consultancy roles are out there. I’ve been with this organisation 14 years, longer if you include my first spell with the Independent which began in 1992 – it’s time to broaden my horizons.”

Blackhurst was City Editor of the Evening Standard for nine years, before becoming Editor of The Independent for two years. He was then promoted to Group Content Director, and in September last year, he took on the multi-media business role. He’s won numerous awards for his journalism.

ESI Media Chief Executive Steve Auckland said: “We are delighted that Chris will continue to be a high-profile writer with our titles as we know how highly regarded he is by our readers and throughout the business world.”

The spin has been met with newsroom incredulity.

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Papa: Cussa My Mama and I’ll Smack-a You Uppa!

His Holiness has come out against Charlie Hebdo, saying he doesn’t believe in freedom of expression. AP reports:

“By way of example, he referred to Alberto Gasparri, who organizes papal trips and was standing by his side aboard the papal plane.

“If my good friend Dr. Gasparri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch,” Francis said, throwing a pretend punch his way. “It’s normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others.””

Very Old Testament Christian. Hardly the most helpful time for any religious leader to be endorsing violence against people who criticise religion either. So much for turning the other cheek…

Loony NUJ Magazine Branch Preparing to Slam Charlie Hebdo
“‘Celebration’ of this racist and islamophobic ‘satire’ distasteful”

These are the controversial motions set to be debated at the NUJ London Magazine Branch monthly meeting next Monday:

The killing of 10 journalists at Charlie Hebdo has thrown up a myriad of controversial issues, among them the whole notion of freedom of speech and increasing Islamphobic reporting in the UK media. Cartoonist Tim Sanders and Hassan Mahamdallie, editor of Critical Muslim, will kick off a discussion focussing on these issues. Three motions relating to these issues will then be debated.

Charlie Hebdo
This branch notes:

The shocking murder to 10 journalists at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo by Islamic terrorists.
The murders come amid an atmosphere of rising Islamophobia across Europe and the UK.
The role of much of the media in stoking Islamophobia. Sadly Charlie Hebdo has played a part in doing this in France.
The anti-migrant atmosphere being created in the UK as the mainstream parties target migration in an effort to undermine the rise of Ukip in the run-up to the general election.
The annual conference of Unite Against Fascism on 21 February.
The Stand Up to Racism and Fascism Demonstration in central London on 21 March.
Campaigns such as Media Workers Against the Nazis and Expose that have played a role in giving journalists the confidence to take on racism, Islamophobia and anti-migrant reporting in the 1980s and 1990s-2000s respectively.
This branch believes:
The murderers of the 10 journalists must be condemned absolutely, and the killers brought to trial.
Attempts to link a defence of freedom of speech with yet more attacks in Moslems should be condemned. There is no such thing as an absolute freedom of speech.
There is a need to build a campaign among media workers on the lines of previous ones to combat racism, Islamophobia and anti-migrant reporting.
This branch resolves:
To encourage as many branch members as possible to attend the UAF conference, and specifically the media workshop, with a view to setting up such a campaign.
To send a delegation with the branch banner on the 21 March demonstration, and encourage members to join it.

The loony lefties are also set to release this crackpot statement:

Charlie Hebdo statement

The branch resolves to place the following statement on its website:

Statement on the murders of Charlie Hebdo journalists

The demonstration in Paris of more than 3 million people shows the strength of feeling arising from the attacks on the journalists at Charlie Hebdo. The killings of journalists, other workers and two police officers is a tragic event, as are the deaths of the four hostages taken at the Jewish supermarket in eastern Paris on the same day. The NUJ has an excellent track record in campaigning against the killings and imprisonment of journalists around the world, and we acknowledge and fully support this work. But how does this commitment to press freedom sit when leading this demonstration are people such as foreign minister Shoukry of Egypt, Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, and King Abdullah of Jordan, among others, whose countries or organisations rank highly in violations towards journalists and repression of press and journalistic freedoms, including murder and imprisonment.

And the NUJ has gone further than supporting the journalists and has suggested this is an attack on free speech and says it “celebrates” the satire of Charlie Hebdo. “By joining this march the NUJ will be celebrating the work of the journalists at Charlie Hebdo, who paid with their lives, and ensuring that satire and independent journalism cannot be suppressed in this way.” We find the ‘celebration’ of this racist and islamophobic ‘satire’ distasteful at best, and dangerous and harmful at worst.

The murders come amid a rising tide of racist attacks against migrants and Muslims across Europe, fuelled by politicians and, sadly, much of the media. It is premature to align our union with a narrative of “free speech” and “press freedom” which will be used inevitably to further denigrate Muslims and Muslim communities. This crass and often misrepresented article of journalistic faith is already encouraging right-wing organisations, politicians, and racists to call for further restrictions on civil liberties and press freedoms by the one body with the real power to gag and control us – the state. The NUJ needs to have a far more sophisticated answer than these “us or them” polemics.

Light refreshments and sandwiches provided. Baby sitting and reasonable travel expenses covered.

72% Say Let Greens in Leaders Debate

How much is Dave’s “chicken” debate demand to let the Greens take part hurting him with voters? A YouGov/Sun poll today finds 7 in 10 agree with the PM that Natalie Bennett should be allowed in. Meanwhile, overnight:

Guido understands as of yesterday UKIP’s memberships stands at 41,943, but the Greens have now overtaken that. Over to the broadcasters…

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sky News Stop Charlie Hebdo Writer Showing Mohammed

See Cartoons Inside The New Charlie Hebdo

“New friends”

“Bah, where are they, our 70 virgins? With team Charlie, losers!”

“We are the millions of little fellows in the street”

“Wolinksi thanks you”

“Meanwhile in Bangladesh… All hearts are with you”

Via @manumarlasca, @yakacliquer, @RosieGray, @freegaal, @izam_pcf, @alegavax

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Look Mehdi, US Cartoon Mocks 9/11 And No One Gets Shot

“I’m fed up with the hypocrisy of the free speech fundamentalists,” says Mehdi Hasan as he finally gives his two cents on the Paris terror attack. He asks: “Has your publication, for example, run cartoons mocking the Holocaust? No? How about caricatures of the 9/11 victims falling from the twin towers? I didn’t think so (and I am glad it hasn’t).”

Actually, Mehdi, US cartoons constantly make jokes about 9/11, and pretty mainstream, much-loved ones too. Here are just three such gags from Family Guy:

And look, a “cartoon mocking the Holocaust”:

And yet no one reached for their Kalashnikov…

Buzzfeed Sign Sting Queen Heidi Blake

Great get for Buzzfeed, who have impressively managed to convince Heidi Blake to join them from the Sunday Times. No secret that the Sunday Times has less of an appetite for expensive investigations, especially after losing a million plus to Peter Cruddas in a defamation case. Heidi, of FIFA files fame, was famously herself stung in the video above last year. Finally Buzzfeed will now surely start to break some real stories…

Monday, January 12, 2015

New Charlie Hebdo Cover


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Boris on British Jihadis. Apparently based on MI5 intel:

“If you look at all the psychological profiling about bombers, they typically will look at porn. They are literally w***ers. Severe onanists. They are tortured. They will be very badly adjusted in their relations with women, and that is a symptom of their feeling of being failures and that the world is against them. They are not making it with girls, and so they turn to other forms of spiritual comfort — which of course is no comfort.”


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