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Next up at the @BylineFest is @GaryLineker, someone who has chosen to use his position and celebrity to engage positively in public discourse and faced the wrath of the Press. He’s being interviewed by @thelisamaxwell
First up, how does he respond to people who criticise him using his social media platform to share his views and discuss politics. People who tell him to shut up and stick to football.

He says, I’d say they’re probably right, for all the grief it gives me...
... but in reality, why should I have less opportunity to talk about what I think than the people who raise that criticism. I have these views on political and humanitarian issues and it’s part of who I am, and I don’t just want to be boring like sportspeople who plug their book
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Next at @BylineFest is a session on what has happened since the first part of the Leveson Inquiry and what has happened to the second part.


First speaker is @BrianCathcart
He starts by talking about the Cairncross Review (…)

He says politicians are talking about an outcome of this being taxing tech companies and using the money to fund journalism...
But this raises the question of what journalism is, in terms of who should get the money.
The government tends to define it as ‘The Press’. So they’re talking about taking money from Google and giving it to the Daily Mail. That’s not going to improve journalism.
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Next at @bylinefest “Monstering Muslims in the Media”, hosted by @DrShazadAmin of @mendcommunity and a panel of journalists and academics

The discussion is started by @BrianCathcart a journalist turned academic. He says that the media has always liked to create monsters. It helps to sell papers to stoke a fear of ‘other’.
Next @richpeppiatt a former tabloid journalist says that essentially your job as a journo at a tabloid is to deliver the story you are told. He tells of one colleague who said she didn’t want to do Muslim-bashing stories, so the editor gave her more every day for weeks.
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I’m at a panel on ‘is Silicon Valley a threat to democracy?’ with @carolecadwalla @DamianCollins @RVAwonk @JamieJBartlett and @CatrinNye
At @BylineFest

#Bylinefest #BylineFestival #FixingDemocracyInTheRain
Carole talks about the resistance of the big SV companies to any real transparency or accountability. One of her Guardian colleagues ran a story about Facebook data a long while ago, but Facebook wouldn’t respond, when Carole started with story got the same brick wall...
She says it was only when @chrisinsilico came out as a whistleblower with hard evidence for the public to see that Facebook finally addressed the problem. They have no interest in public scrutiny until there’s a threat of bad PR.
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Back @BylineFest for day 3 - starting here in Forest Forum to hear @RVAwonk @J_amesp @zabrinazabrisky chaired by #BylineFest best-dressed chair Peter York
Audience member @stonesister7 offered to explain the #AltRight as a fake term invented by #SteveBannon - what are we taking about is #Nazism - to make it sound hip & trendy & it’s working
Another adds: #AltRight are nationalistic, xenophobic & prepared to suborn democracy to achieve their aims

Chair @PeterPeteryork takes these on & asks what links these trends across USA & Europe
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Next up at @BylineFest a panel with @DamianCollins and @carolecadwalla

Damian is chair of House of Commons Select Committee for culture Media and also sport, which conducted investigation into ‘fake news’ which followed evidential trail that broadened the remit...
That investigation ended up looking into Brexit and the Cambridge Analytica law breaking, and produced a comprehensive and extensive report.

Damian starts by speaking a little about his work with the enquiry...

He says that what he started looking at was content hosted by tech companies that was intended to mislead. It wasn’t just fun or silly stuff like jokes about Trump, it was completely false stuff like the bodies of white women being found with ‘black lives matter’ carved in flesh
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Here @BylineFest @peterjukes introduces @DamianCollins with @carolecadwalla - findings that Electoral Law was broken
Peter reminds us 🇬🇧 has no mueller investigation. The closest we have is @CommonsCMS #FakeNewsInquiry - #hybridwarfare

We don’t have criminal investigation

[yet - Yet!]
Support the Rule of Law. Consensus about evidence. This is not a party political issue @peterjukes
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Now it’s time for the @BadPressAwards at @BylineFest hosted by @johnmitchinson

He says there’s a Chinese proverb - lies in a newspaper are like rat droppings in a soup. They are both disgusting and obvious.

He says today the awards are a cornucopia of shit soup…
@BadPressAwards @BylineFest @johnmitchinson … John says that standards are lower than ever before, and this year international bodies have cited the UKs news industry as an outlier in terms of how little the public trust it.
The first award: most obvious sponsored content. News that is really advertising, but is disguised as a news story...

#BylineFest #BylineFestival
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The next panel at @BylineFest starts with a few words from Tom Watson. He starts by saying there’s a few things he wants to say about monopolies and media ownership, and how things might change under a Corbyn Labour government…
He talks about the decline of the local press, titles closing all the time - byt that the loss of local journalism also brings a loss of trust in local political institutions.
What has then been happening is local press has been bought at fire sale prices
He says ownership is becoming concentrated.

“We are coming to the end of the Murdoch era, thank god. But we need to make sure that the powerful of Silicon Valley don’t simply fill the void.”

#BylineFest #BylineFestival
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The key points I took from the session with @carolecadwalla and @lukeharding1968 at @BylineFest are…

1. There is a plethora of compelling evidence of criminal activity relating to Brexit campaign
2. Many trails lead in the same direction as for the Trump campaign

@carolecadwalla @lukeharding1968 @BylineFest 3. In the US the Mueller investigation is making solid progress because it has such power, freedom, and resources.
4. In the UK, law enforcement is completely unprepared for investigating complex high-level political conspiracy and financial fraud
@carolecadwalla @lukeharding1968 @BylineFest 5. Intelligence services are likely aware, but report to ministers. A Commons select committee heard evidence and wrote to PM urging action. Ministers refuse to act as it compromises their interests.
6. We need a true equivalent of FBI, able to launch Mueller style investigations
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Listening to great investigative reporters @carolecadwalla and @lukeharding1968 at @BylineFest.

Luke: "We knew we had to follow the money, and we had to follow the sex."

Carole: "Well, when Donald Trump has sex there always seems to be money involved..."
. @carolecadwalla discussing how in 2016, Google search was skewing results to favor white supremacists: "It was like a cancer had taken over the was so much more than 'fake news.'"
Both @carolecadwalla and @lukeharding1968 emphasizing that the 2016 Trump and Brexit operations were linked and planned long in advance. The two operations featured the same goals and many of the same players -- obviously the Kremlin, but well beyond it as well.
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Next up at @BylineFest is a conversation between two of the UK’S leading investigative journalists @carolecadwalla and @lukeharding1968

Thread of live tweets starts here…

Carole begins by asking Luke when he began investigating Trump. He says he first investigated Manafort, when he was a senior Republican strategist who got involved in the Ukrainian elections… and began to see patterns that linked back to emerging Trump campaign
Carole says her investigations into Brexit began doing features on technology, noticing tech companies popping up linked to fake news stories, election campaigning and so on… then the election and she began seeing links between it all, and the name Cambridge Analytica came up…
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Carole asks Luke: when did Trump cross your radar?

Luke: summer 2016. When Manafort became campaign manager whom Luke had met in Ukraine who was consultant transforming Yavchenko. What was he doing in Soviet Empire?? He was best connected political lobbist in area. Pre-Steele!
.@lukeharding1968 was investigating Deutsch Bank. DB kept lending even after Trump sued DB for losses arising from #FinCrisis. Dec 2016 Luke met Christopher Steele who said, Follow the Money, Follow the Sex #BylineFest @BylineFest
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Next up it’s @JohnCleese being interviewed by @peterjukes about why he’s decided to leave the country, the state of the Press, and “I was a national institution until last Friday and apparently I’m now a legend”...
@JohnCleese @peterjukes Cleese starts talking about his daughter, when his phone rings and it’s her... he takes it for a laugh... she invites him to go with her tomorrow to the Fawlty Towers dining experience as a joke, and he agrees... (!)
@JohnCleese @peterjukes ... he gets back to the subject of how he came to live in the US first time he left the Uk, was to be close to his daughter there who had addiction issues. The added benefit was he was only a medium celebrity there, so was ignored by Press...
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Fair warning to my followers. Over the next 4 days I’m going to be live-tweeting from @BylineFest, with coverage of sessions, the bad press awards and more. It’ll be about journalism, politics and how to navigate our collective way out of the current mess… #bylinefest
@BylineFest … if that’s your thing, great - do follow along :)

If not, you might want to temporarily mute me, or mute the hashtag #bylinefest that I’ll tag all my tweets with

But hopefully you’ll want to follow along and get a flavour of the UK’s biggest festival of journalism
@BylineFest …Look at sessions on the festival website and let me know any you’d really like me to cover - perhaps I can take you there virtually.

I’ll kick off from about 2pm tomorrow. Wish me luck with the toilets, the phone signal, and battery life!
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MI5 & MI6 are surely thrilled about this lineup. Enjoy carousing with Lauri Love and Pussy Riot, @rvawonk!
Ain’t no oppo like controlled oppo.
H/t @ArleBear.…
Fluffing Lauri Love for fun & profit. Well done @BylineFest!…
The whole gang is here! @sarahkendzior as Trumpocracy expert. Will she mention her daddy’s mob & Manafort ties?
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With two weeks to go till our Bad Press Awards Final Ceremony, we have our nominations in all SEVEN categories for the worst of British Journalism. Do let us know which you think should be the winner in each. Threads coming up... #bylinefest #badpressawards
So here is a thread with nominations for our first category MOST OBVIOUS SPONSORED CONTENT
Our second category is NON STORY OF THE YEAR. Check out the thread and heart or RT your favourite entry
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