Arron Banks’s lawsuit against reporter a freedom of speech matter, court hears

Carole Cadwalladr’s team sets out defence in first day of libel trial brought by Leave.EU funder

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Carole Cadwalladr at Ted talk 2019

It’s been a busy week at City Journalism

Nanette van der Laan@NanettevdLaan
·Brilliant being in the company – albeit over video – of @KimSengupta07 for today’s @cityjournalism panel. Thanks @plashmar for having us


Nanette van der Laan
Senior producer, Channel 4 News in London. Previously in Moscow, Warsaw, Paris and Washington DC.

KimSengupta07FollowingDefence and Diplomatic Editor of The Independent


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PL in Conversation with Fergus Byrne at Bridport Literary Festival


Fergus Byrne – More Lives Than One
The Extraordinary Life of Felix Dennis

Canny, infuriating, cynical and generous by turns, Felix Dennis was a true polymath whose astonishing story of relative rags to phenomenal riches is told with insight and sensitivity by Fergus Byrne, publisher and editorial director of The Marshwood Vale Magazine. Continue reading

PL to host seminar on Privacy and Surveillance

I will be hosting ESRC funded major seminar on Privacy and Surveillance at Brunel on Wednesday.

Media Agenda-Building, National Security, Trust & Forced Transparency

Seminar 3 in the DATA PSST! series

How, when secretive intelligence methods are made public, as with Snowden’s (2013) revelations, do governments respond to maintain public trust? Led by Journalism and Security theorists and practitioners, we will explore state attempts to manage public and political opinion of secretive national security and intelligence surveillance methods; and examine implications of forced transparency for whistle-blowers, journalists, debate on national security issues, and trust in government agencies. Brunel all day July 8.

Led by Dr Vian Bakir and Paul Lashmar.

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PL chairing two highlights of the Centre for Investigative Journalism’s Summer School sessions

Brunel’s Paul Lashmar will be chairing two keynote session of the Centre for Investigative Journalism’s Summer Conference, including with the journalist who broke the FIFA corruption story.

1. Paul will be in conversation with the investigative reporter, Andrew Jennings and will talk to him about his 15 year investigation into FIFA. Friday 3 July PM.

2. The HSBC Leaks panel with David Leigh, James Oliver and Herve Falciani.

Date: Sat 4 July, 12-1pm.

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30 years ago Gilles Peterson was broadcasting from a room in Crystal Palace

Picked up from Gilles Peterson’s facebook page.

gilles_peterson_obs_1985Thirty years ago I did the first national newspaper interview with Gilles while he broadcasting on K-Jazz (UK Pirate).

GP: On Sunday there’s a free event at Southbank QEH, all about London’s pirate radio movement of the 1980s. Interviews from Kiss FM founder Gordon Mac, and Dave VJ/Lindsay Wesker discussing their book about the period. Plus, old school sets throughout from DJs Sarah HB, Dave VJ and Jasper The Vinyl Junkie.

Although I can’t make it down, it’s worth a look if you’re down supporting the marathon crew!


Excellent session on Mugshots at the Format Festival in Derby on Sat 28 March


This illustrated panel discussion featured curator Sue Steward, Ashley Waterhouse, curator of Derby Police Museum; and Paul Lashmar from Brunel University, London.

Paul Lashmar’s position statement: The ‘mugshot’ – the judicial photograph – is a ubiquitous and instantly recognisable form, appearing in the news media, on the internet, on book covers, law enforcement noticeboards and in many other mediums. Continue reading

PL speaks on mugshots at Format photography festival in Derby

Mug shots through history


Panel discussion guests curator Sue Steward, Ashley Waterhouse, curator of Derby Police Museum; and Paul Lashmar from Brunel University, London, open a conversation on the subject of the mugshot.

Venue: QUAD Derby
Date/time: Saturday 28 March 3-4pm

PL to introduce Gwen Yarker’s talk at Dorset County Museum

PL will be introducing Gwen Yarker’s talk at Dorset County Museum: Recording Wartime Shipping on the Thames: The Dazzle Paintings of John Everett.


ART LECTURE AT DORSET COUNTY MUSEUM Recording Wartime Shipping on the Thames: The Dazzle Paintings of John Everett, by Gwen Yarker. Dorset County Museum, Dorchester at 7.30pm on Friday 23 January 2015.

John Everett was an official war artist during the First World War and one of the few recording the maritime side of the war. He worked for the Ministry of Information on paintings connected with seaborne commerce, using his experience as a deep-water sailor to give his work a sense of unqualified realism. Continue reading