Fiji and Press Censorship
A state of emergency has been declared in Fiji and coup leader Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has introduced military censors in newsrooms and ordered foreign journalists to leave. Fijian media have been told not to publish news that would cause "disorder", "public alarm" or "undermine" the government. Ed is joined by Sean Dorney, an ABC reporter, was deported from the country yesterday and from New Zealand by journalist Michael Field, who was expelled from the country two years ago.Fiji Today
Earlier this year Jack Straw said he would examine a 160-year-old legal precedent which allows people to sue publishers for online libel whenever an internet site is accessed, however old the material. The European Court of Human Rights last month dismissed a test challenge brought by Times Newspapers. Ed is joined by Legal Manager of the Times Newspapers, Alastair Brett, who asked Jack Straw to look into the matter and Media lawyer Mark Stephens join ED to discuss why libel laws need to be reformed.
Don Foster, Shadow Culture Secretary
Don Foster, the Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary for Culture, Media and Sport, talks to Ed about Digital Britain, the licence fee, local newspapers and political blogging.
Setanta, the pay TV company, is trying to raise £100million after failing to retain both of its Premier League rights packages beyond next year. So how the pay-television company will break even on its current subscriber model? Ed talks to media commentator Mathew Horsman.
Pen names and Journalism
The original Tatler was founded three hundred years ago this week by Richard Steele, who used a nom de plume of "Isaac Bickerstaff, Esquire", three months later Mary Delariviere Manley, using the pen name "Mrs. Crackenthorpe," published what was called the Female Tatler. But what advantages does it afford to adopt a pen-name as a journalist, or is it cowardly to hide behind one? Ed talks to Tim Walker of Mandrake in the Telegraph and Mrs Moneypenny from the Financial Times.
BBC Radio 4's topical programme The Media Show, presented by journalist and former TV executive…