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Everybody's Hacked Off (Penguin Specials): Why we don't have the press we deserve and what to do about it Paperback – 9 Nov 2012

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (9 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 024196556X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241965566
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.9 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 515,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Cathcart has worked as a journalist for Reuters, the London Independent papers and the New Statesman, and is now professor of journalism at Kingston University London. His books have covered both topical matters (The Case of Stephen Lawrence won both the Orwell Prize and the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger) and historical ones, notably science history. In recent years, through Hacked Off, he has been a prominent campaigner for better journalism in the UK.

His latest book, The News From Waterloo, is about both news and history. He began researching it when, wanting to illustrate to students how news travelled in the age before electrical communication, he looked up how long it took for word of Wellington's victory to reach London. He found a muddle, and now, after years of research, his book tries to put the record straight.

Born and educated in Ireland, Cathcart lives in north London.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mogsy J on 3 Feb. 2013
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A really interesting read to find out from actual documents what has been going on in the press for years. Recommended.
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How the British press failed and what to do about it. 19 Oct. 2012
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Everyone should be interested to find out what happened to the press in Britain - and the reasons why the Leveson inquiry was necessary to get to the bottom of that. This book tells that story - every nasty and unpalatable little piece of it - including the corruption of British politics and police.

It also looks at the history of press regulation in Britain and documents the failure of the press to self regulate over many decades. Hopefully Lord Leveson will remidy that this time.

And it's not just a matter for Britain. Many western countries have similar problems - certainly we do in Australia and I would suggest so too does the US.

And while the Murdoch's dominate much of the media across those three countries - and had such a large part to play in the failure of the British press - it is not just about them. It is mostly about a sick and corrupt culture - that preys on ordinary people for profit.

I learned quite a lot from this book. You will too.
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