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Snooper’s Charter: Death Knell for UK Journalists?

Snooper’s Charter: Death Knell for UK Journalists?

Data Journalism, Media, News, Opinion, Politics, ReportingWeek1, Uncategorized
The Draft Communications Data Bill, or Snooper’s Charter as it is most commonly referred to, was passed into a law last month, despite calls for it to be repealed from various groups. Proposed by Theresa May in 2012, in the wake of whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations, it legitimises the same mass surveillance which Snowden’s leak had shown the UK government was guilty of. In particular, the surveillance had targeted journalists from major media organisations, placing investigative journalists on a “threat” list. The new Bill, by allowing government organisations to snoop on all internet history, cuts off the freedom of journalists to research certain topics freely, especially those not aligned with the government agenda. Snowden’s leaked documents had exposed how under PRISM, the
Yarl’s Wood: The fight to shut down UK’s nightmare detention centre

Yarl’s Wood: The fight to shut down UK’s nightmare detention centre

Culture, News, Opinion, Politics, ReportingWeek1, Uncategorized
“We are helpless, we are broken, please let us out! We want to go to our children” The screams from inside Yarl’s Wood detention centre are followed by silence, before shouts of “Shame! Shame on you Serco!” ring out in a deafening roar from 2,000 protesters. A fence separates the protesters from the 410 female inmates held inside the privately run immigration centre in Bedfordshire, one of 13 in the UK. As the drums and chants of “Shut down Yarl’s Wood” resume, a lonely strip of black cloth waves from inside the centre in solidarity: the only visible sign of life from the where women refugees and asylum seekers held there indefinitely. Set up in 2001, the Yarl’s Wood detention centre, run by Serco, describes itself as ‘a fully contained residential centre housing adult women and adult f
Dishonored 2 Review:  An immersive stealth game that supports other styles of play

Dishonored 2 Review: An immersive stealth game that supports other styles of play

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Dishonored 2 - Besthesda games new stellar entry to the Dishonored franchise - tells the tale of the world 15 years after the rat plague in the first Dishonored. The game’s prologue has you playing as the Empress of the Isle, Emily Kaldwin, the daughter of Corvo Kaldwin, the main protagonist from the previous installment. During the first few moments of the game, Emily is stripped of her title as the Empress of Dunwall - a plague-ridden industry city located on the Wrenhaven River - after a powerful witch named Delilah Copperspoon and the Duke of Serkanos stage, a bloody coup to dethrone the Empress and her grizzled father. You are given a choice to play as either Corvo or the dethroned Emily who was secretly trained by her father, a former assassin in the previous game. Whoever you
British society is divided over immigration and Brexit

British society is divided over immigration and Brexit

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“They are coming here, they are raping people, they are stealing, and the prisons are full of migrants and foreign people that we’re supporting.” Standing outside the Houses of Parliament among fellow Leave voters, a young woman lays out what she sees to be wrong about remaining within the EU. She is protesting the court case over Article 50. Immigration has been an increasingly fraught topic of debate over the past couple of years. The issue of immigration is undercut by divides across the whole of British society. Not just political parties at the centre of the political spectrum have raise the question of whether a middle ground can be struck between opening the borders and putting strict controls on immigration. Many people are fearful that there is not enough housing, benefits,
The Iranian president: No one can cancel the nuclear deal

The Iranian president: No one can cancel the nuclear deal

Blogs, International, Politics, ReportingWeek1
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday his country will not allow the US president-elect Donald Trump to cancel the nuclear deal. Rouhani warned from unspecified “repercussions” if Washington stepped back its agreement. Speaking in front of Tehran’s University students, the Iranian president asked the students: "Do you think the United States can cancel the comprehensive joint action plan of the nuclear deal?”  He added.” Trump wants to do a lot of things, but we will not be affected by any of his actions.” The US president-elect is expected to drive the US foreign policy in a very different direction supported by the Republicans majority inside the US congress. Trump announced already during his presidential campaign that he would cancel the Iranian nuclear ag

UK urged to decide faster Brexit negotiations.

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“Time will be short, " states the EU chief negotiator of Brexit Michel Barnier on Tuesday urging the UK needs to decide faster. In October, Michel Barnier was selected to the position of chief Brexit negotiator by the European Commission President Jean- Clause Juncker who states he “wanted an experienced politician for this difficult job”. At the moment UK courts are deciding who is entitled to make the final decision on Brexit. Although the final decision has not been taken yet, the referendum has led to disturbances. The Home Office reports that hate crime has been on the rise. Reports by the police in England and Wales state racist or religious abuse has increased 41% in the month post the UK voted to leave the EU. This July the recorded crimes have increased to 5,468 which is 1,582
Apps provide solution to gender gap in the workplace

Apps provide solution to gender gap in the workplace

Business, ReportingWeek1, Tech
We’ve all heard about the gender divide in the workplace, ‘the glass ceiling’ and the fact there are not enough women in the boardroom. But it’s time to move the conversation forward and provide solutions in a digital sphere where both men and women can participate. There are countless self-help articles and books on how to ‘disconnect from the internet’, cope with email anxiety and successfully create an online presence. Clearly there is a disjointment here, where the question is to consume, or to be eventually consumed by the digital sphere. “Data shows that digital not only changed how we shop, how we commercially engage with each other, how we interact, it’s fundamentally changing the world that we work in,” says Kathleen Mitchell, Vice President of fashion retail brand, Stel
5 gig venues to check out while waiting for Fabric to reopen

5 gig venues to check out while waiting for Fabric to reopen

Culture, Music, ReportingWeek1
It’s been a good month for live music in London. Last week beloved Islington nightclub Fabric announced it would reopen in January, proving to city councils everywhere that London’s music scene is important as ever. After a petition with more than 150,000 signatures, an outpouring of industry support, and a fierce council fight, the iconic club was given the greenlight to reopen following the sudden closure due to drug-related deaths. Following suit, live music venue The Good Ship in Brent was granted the right to renew their 3am late license, while the folks behind Finsbury Park’s Silver Bullet, which closed down in June, are now holding monthly club nights at different pubs across the city. At the core of these battles are music fans. Their support and passion have been instrument
London’s famous club Fabric to reopen after battle with drugs

London’s famous club Fabric to reopen after battle with drugs

Culture, Music, ReportingWeek1, Student
Music, hypnotising atmosphere, imperfect friends, and of course, drugs. These are the main components of a checklist for party animals. London has been a party hub for many decades. Its many clubs and bars attract anyone of the legal age. But what is the dark side to it all? Drugs. Lots of drugs. But maybe not for that much longer: London’s most famous electronic dance club Fabric was shut down due to the deaths of two 19 year olds. Cause? Ecstasy. A shock wave followed the clubs’ followers and music lovers across the UK. After several petitions, online campaigns and letters, the club is reopening its alluring doors to Londoners once again. It took Fabric a 155 page document consisting of 32 new conditions to convince the court and Islington council to reopen. The rules include banning
Bedlam: a beguiling look into mental health

Bedlam: a beguiling look into mental health

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The Wellcome Collection frequently hosts exhibitions which merge science and art in a delightful manner, and Bedlam: the asylum and beyond was no exception. The collection traces the history of the Bethlem Royal Hospital in London, from which the word bedlam originated. It also contains artworks surrounding the topic of mental health. Content on the history of the hospital was factual, slightly dull, and did not complement the rest of the exhibition which focused more on the interface between mental health and creativity. However, the artworks displayed, and discussion around changing views of mental health were interesting, relevant and well curated. A crude black and white caricature of William Norris, a patient who was kept chained to his bed for years, was shocking but felt re...