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Volume 25, Number 4, 2014


Editorial - Whose life is it anyway? 3

Not finally... Subjective views on matters journalistic 5
Rupert Cowper-Coles, Paul Donovan

John Hodgman - How much do we need to see? 11

Yas Necati - Time for a cover up 16

James Hanning - Missing the story 21

Donald Martin - Time for good behaviour 27

Ron Green - Doing the right thing 31

Ros Coward - Bring on the egos 35

Rupert Stone - Insulting euphemisms 43

Lynn Wyeth - Use your freedom wisely 49

Jeremy Dear - Dangers in Peru 56

Mark Bryant - Drawing the Great War 61

Tom Bower questions Nick Davies 69
Quentin Letts rejects Owen Jones 71
Peter Wilby suspects spin 73
Sue Matthias admires Ian Hargreaves 75
Bill Hagerty recalls Chapman Pincher 78

Twitterwatch - 10, 33
Quotes of the Quarter - 34, 42
The way we were - 68


Editorial: Whose life is it anyway?
It is no surprise that James Foley and Steven Sotloff, the two American journalists murdered by the violent Islamist faction Isil, were freelancers. Many of the reporters and photographers covering the most dangerous stories in the world today are working without the protection of an employment contract: no security, no place of safety, no professional fixers, no evacuation support when things go wrong.

How much do we need to see?
John Hodgman
A former television journalist calls for urgent debate on whether news channels should air terrorists’ atrocities.

Time for a cover up
Yas Necati
A young feminist asks why The Sun still thinks topless models sell newspapers.

Let journalists be themselves
Rosalind Coward
Columnists who explore their own lives have much to tell us about ours, says an advocate of the genre. The danger is exhibitionism.

Insulting euphemisms
Rupert Stone
Why doesn’t The New York Times use plain English when reporting the CIA’s interrogation techniques?