Media Reform Groups: How they work post 2011 phone-hacking scandal in the United Kingdom

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Title: Media Reform Groups: How they work post 2011 phone-hacking scandal in the United Kingdom
Author: Loughney, Melanie Denise
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Social Sciences
Thesis level: master's thesis
Abstract: Media reform groups in the United Kingdom post 2011 phone-hacking scandal face many challenges. This thesis studies how some of these media reform groups work, specifically concerning their campaigning for changes surrounding ownership polices and ethical guidelines. The main question for this research is: How do media reform groups work regarding their campaigns for changing ownership policies and the ethical culture of the media in the United Kingdom? This study focuses on five of the main media reform groups now operating in the United Kingdom: Media Reform Coalition, Hacked Off, National Union of Journalists, Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom, and MediaWise. It focuses specifically on how they have carried out campaigns in light of the 2011 phone-hacking scandal, the problems they face, and how they feel about the power of the media and the current situation regarding ownership policies and ethical regulations. Media reform groups are in a unique situation in that the phone-hacking scandal has provided them with an opportunity to embrace and mobilise the public to conquer the issues of ownership and ethics that they have been battling with many decades.
URI: URN:NBN:fi:hulib-201807022970
Date: 2018
Subject: media reform
phone hacking
phone hacking scandal
media ownership
journalistic ethics
ethical regulation
media reform campaigns

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