Brian Cathcart on the Press
Brian Cathcart is a journalist and author. He is Professor of Journalism at Kingston University London and he was one of the founders, and also the first director, of Hacked Off, the campaign for a free and accountable press. Irish by background, he began his career in journalism at Reuters and later joined the Independent newspaper on its launch in 1986, going on to become deputy editor of the Independent on Sunday. He later joined the New Statesman where, among other things, he wrote a media column. In 2008-10 he was specialist adviser to the Commons Media Select Committee for its investigation of press standards and phone hacking, after which he took on his leading roles in Hacked Off. As a journalist he has published widely on issues of press standards and the abuse of power by national newspapers. His books range over a variety of fields, and include Were You Still Up for Portillo? (1997), the award-winning The Case of Stephen Lawrence (1999) and most recently The News from Waterloo (2015).