Join the debate on UK media post-hacking

Tuesday, 24 January 2012


One of the nation's leading newsreaders from the past decade will be sparking debate at Oxford Brookes this month on the media landscape following recent hacking revelations.

Samira Ahmed's lecture on British journalism re-arranged for Wednesday 14 March 2012, 6-7pm

One of the nation's leading newsreaders from the past decade will be sparking debate at Oxford Brookes in March on the media landscape following recent hacking revelations.

Former Channel 4 News presenter Samira Ahmed will be delivering a public lecture which explores the view that British journalism has a uniquely disrespectful attitude to authority figures and privacy. The event will offer an opportunity to discuss the attitudes journalists bring to the news stories they cover.

Samira will also be asking whether there is any truth in Carl Bernstein's accusation that by exposing 'Hackgate', British journalism has brought about 'the downfall of Western civilisation'. The lecture will be entitled 'From Hogarth to Hackgate: Does British Journalism Have an Attitude Problem?'

Speaking ahead of the event, Samira Ahmed said: 'Americans and most Europeans have always been slightly horrified by the disrepectful attitude of British journalism, which remains a trade in this country, not a profession. When Carl Bernstein claimed on Newsnight over the summer that Hackgate was somehow threatening the foundation of Western civilisation I thought it was a good time to look a bit more calmly at the truth about its uniquely disrespectful attitude to authority.

"So with a bit of historical perspective, plenty of rudeness, a few comparisons to the Dominique Strass-Kahn saga and a sobering assessment of the tabloid exploitation of victims of crime, all based on my own 20 years in the trade working in Britain, Germany and America, I'm looking forward to discussing where British journalism goes from here."

This is not the only link to the hacking scandal for the university. In July 2011 the Prime Minister has announced that Oxford Brookes' Chancellor and Director of Liberty Shami Chakrabarti is one of the panel members assisting Lord Justice Leveson on the official judicial inquiry into phone hacking.