Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication

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Professor James Curran: The Moral Decline of British Press

G12 Lecture Theatre, Clothworkers’ Building North

Phone hacking was only one of the dark arts practiced by the British press. These were symptoms of the ethical decline of the press that began in the 1980s due to new leadership and intensified competition, and worsened subsequently as newspapers desperately sought ways to stave off decline. The result was, among other things, the monstering of innocent people, sensationalist medical reporting that endangered public health, an anti-migrant campaign that was fuelled partly by top-spin and fabrication, and the decline of credibility to the point when the British press became the least trusted press in Europe.

Biographical Note

James Curran is the author or editor of over twenty books about the media including Media and Democracy, Media and Power, Power without Responsibility (with Jean Seaton) and Misunderstanding the Internet (with Natalie Fenton and Des Freedman).

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