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The Press and Political Dissent: A Question of Censorship [Paperback]

Mark Hollingsworth

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4.0 out of 5 stars Lucid criticism of the UK media 12 Jan 2003
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Though dated (written in the early 1980's), this book provides an accurate and thoroughly researched analysis of how institutional influences in the British press - cross-ownership with other industries, ideological bias of senior editorial staff - shape, and even distort the reporting of news.
It's written through a good old left wing lens - chapters deal with the media's treatment of women (the Greenham Common anti-nuke protests), race (race riots in London and Crime reporting), and sexuality (gay-activist Peter Tatchell's campaign for Parliament). As well, it details the broad anti-Labour consenus which drove news reporting in the UK during the 1980's general election campaigns.
This book complements well more systematic analyses of the media, such a Chomsky & Hermann's "Manufacturing Consent" by filling in the details of how the interests which own the media shape the news.
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