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Published: Sun, 25 Jun 2017 05:35:20 GMT2017-06-25T05:35:20Z

Copyright: Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. 2017

Are you ready for your Royal Ascot procession close-up, your majesty?

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:41:29 GMT2017-06-24T17:41:29Z

A TV camera inside the Queen’s carriage as a way of enhancing coverage of her arrival each day was one of several ideas kicked around at NBC when the American broadcaster won the rights to show this week’s action

How about putting a TV camera inside the Queen’s carriage as a way of enhancing coverage of her arrival each day at Royal Ascot? You hadn’t thought of that? Well, it was one of several ideas kicked around by imaginative producers at NBC when the American broadcaster won the rights to show the action, a broadening of coverage that may have lasting significance for this event.

A fresh perspective is always useful but it seems the monarch is not quite ready for her close-up. NBC’s Rob Hyland told the New York Times this week there had been “no response” from Ascot to his suggested innovation but in all other respects the new relationship has got off to an excellent start.

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Leadsom calls for ‘patriotic’ coverage of Brexit negotiations – video

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:21:26 GMT2017-06-24T11:21:26Z

Speaking on the BBC’s Newsnight on Friday evening, Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the House of Commons, says broadcasters should be more patriotic in their coverage of Brexit. She has come under fire for her comments since the interview was broadcast

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Franco-Swiss journalist dies in Paris after being injured in Mosul blast

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:20:24 GMT2017-06-24T11:20:24Z

Experienced conflict reporter Véronique Robert had surgery in Iraq before being transferred to hospital in French capital

The Franco-Swiss journalist Véronique Robert has died in hospital in Paris after being wounded in an explosion in Mosul earlier this week.

She was caught up in a mine explosion in the Iraqi city that killed the Iraqi journalist Bakhtiyar Haddad and the French journalist Stephane Villeneuve. Samuel Foley, who works for Le Figaro, suffered injuries to his face and arm.

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Andrea Leadsom's call for 'patriotic' Brexit coverage prompts anger

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:14:02 GMT2017-06-24T09:14:02Z

House of Commons leader called ‘stupid’ for suggesting broadcasters should be ‘a bit patriotic’ about negotiations with the EU

Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the House of Commons, has come under fire for calling on broadcasters to be “a bit patriotic” in their Brexit coverage.

The outgoing Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, described Leadsom, who stood for the leadership of the Conservative party last year, as “sinister” for her comments on the BBC’s Newsnight.

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Al-Jazeera: the Qatar broadcaster at centre of diplomatic crisis

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 05:00:02 GMT2017-06-24T05:00:02Z

Arab world’s leading TV channel is used to controversy – but now it fears for its future as Saudi Arabia wants it shut down

Al-Jazeera, the Qatar-based broadcaster that has found itself at the centre of the Gulf diplomatic crisis, was launched in 1996, and has since grown to become the most-watched TV channel in the Arab world.

It claims to broadcast to more than 310m households in more than 100 countries. The company employs more than 3,000 people and has a London studio in the Shard.

Related: Qatar given 10 days to meet 13 sweeping demands by Saudi Arabia

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Handbags at dawn with Farfetch, the latest thing in upmarket online fashion

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:11:44 GMT2017-06-23T23:11:44Z

It has a Chinese deal, a Condé Nast tie-up and has lured the founder of its biggest rival – but can it really change the luxury market?

First it lured Natalie Massenet, the queen of online luxury, then it teamed up with fashion bible Vogue, and now it has won a multi-million pound investment from China’s biggest retailer: London-based fashion website Farfetch has rapidly gone from edgy outsider to hot ticket.

Farfetch is the Deliveroo of luxury fashion, linking together more than 700 exclusive boutiques and 200 brands in 40 countries and offering a delivery service for upmarket fashion shoppers worldwide.

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Snapchat's new map feature raises fears of stalking and bullying

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:48:36 GMT2017-06-23T21:48:36Z

Snap Maps lets users track each other’s movements in real time, but child safety groups are cautioning young people against sharing their location

Snapchat has introduced a map feature that lets users track other people’s location in real time, raising concerns among safety and privacy advocates.

Snap Maps, launched this week, plots users and their snaps onto a map so friends and other Snapchatters can see where they are and what they are doing.

Related: 'Snapbots' appear in European cities to herald arrival of Spectacles

Related: Should I speak up when I see something offensive or false on social media?

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'We call on all governments to respect media freedoms': al-Jazeera on Saudi demands for its closure – video

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:39:30 GMT2017-06-23T18:39:30Z

Qatar-funded broadcaster al-Jazeera denounces the demand for its closure from Saudi Arabia and several other countries. They accuse the network of being a propaganda tool for Islamists intent on undermining other governments. Acting managing director Giles Trendle says the network will continue its ‘editorial mission’. The demand is part of a 13-point list that Qatar must agree to if it wants a diplomatic and trade embargo lifted

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Qatar given 10 days to meet 13 sweeping demands by Saudi Arabia

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:58:30 GMT2017-06-23T17:58:30Z

Gulf dispute deepens as allies issue ultimatum for ending blockade that includes closing al-Jazeera and cutting back ties with Iran

Saudi Arabia and its allies have issued a threatening 13-point ultimatum to Qatar as the price for lifting a two-week trade and diplomatic embargo of the country, in a marked escalation of the Gulf’s worst diplomatic dispute in decades.

The onerous list of demands includes stipulations that Doha close the broadcaster al-Jazeera, drastically scale back cooperation with Iran, remove Turkish troops from Qatar’s soil, end contact with groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and submit to monthly external compliance checks. Qatar has been given 10 days to comply with the demands or face unspecified consequences.

Related: Qatar diplomatic crisis: what are Trump's financial links to the region?

Related: Human cost of the Qatar crisis: 'families are being torn apart'

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The Guardian view on al-Jazeera: muzzling journalism | Editorial

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:55:08 GMT2017-06-23T17:55:08Z

In the Arab world, freedom of speech is being curbed to stop old and new media from raising questions about the way in which countries are run. This is wrong

In the conservative autocracies of the middle east, Qatar, a wealthy gas-rich emirate, has built up a reputation as a maverick, epitomised by its ownership of the al-Jazeera satellite television channel, which has often infuriated many Arab leaders. Since the TV station gave voice to the Arab spring, many autocrats no doubt wished it would be taken off air, permanently. Al-Jazeera, which arrived long before the internet in the region, broke the mould by reaching directly into Arab living rooms. Along with social media, al-Jazeera has in recent years stirred public opinion in ways Arab governments could not ignore. But now Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates think they can silence it with a blockade of Qatar that will only be lifted if al-Jazeera is shut down.

This is ridiculous. Qatar’s neighbours want to gag media that raises questions about the way these nations are run. Al-Jazeera is not perfect. Its Arabic outlet has been accused in the past of being antisemitic and partisan. It rarely criticises Qatar’s absolute monarchy. However, Qatar abolished formal censorship two decades ago. By comparison, in 2012 the UAE demanded David Cameron rein in adverse BBC coverage or it would halt lucrative arms deals. Abu Dhabi is a regional media player. The UAE’s deputy prime minister owns Sky News Arabia, along with Rupert Murdoch’s broadcaster. According to observers this station put out fake news about Qatar’s ruler.

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Some cross words about cryptic clues | Letters

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:50:22 GMT2017-06-23T17:50:22Z

Rather than levelling down, the Guardian’s cryptic crossword respects and accommodates different levels and different needs

Richard Walker (Letters, 22 June) argues that all of your cryptic crosswords should be brought down to the level of the least difficult – on the principle of “for the many, not the few”. But that rallying cry does not mean levelling down, it means respecting and accommodating different levels and different needs, with pathways between them: the comprehensive system, not the grammar. The Guardian crossword setup is a fine instance of that principle in action, with every setter identified, and a range of difficulties from – in this typical week – the entry-level Rufus on Monday to Screw and Arachne. Please keep it that way.
Charles Barr

• Before I retired in 2011 I used to complete the Guardian cryptic crossword every day, despite being in a busy working environment. Now work free, I have twice this week thrown down the puzzle in frustration. What has happened? Has some sadistic virus permeated your bunch of setters. Oh, and by the way, I am an ex-Mensan with a 150 IQ.
Phil Garner

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Daily Mail and ‘alt-right’ put lefties in firing line | Letters:

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:48:59 GMT2017-06-23T17:48:59Z

Unlike those on the right, people on the left don’t express hatred, writes Virginia Cumming – they use satirical cartoons and mild rebukes

So the Mail responded “with both barrels” (Letters, June 23). That trigger-happy metaphor says it all. Lefties don’t reach for their guns or express “hatred” against others – including Daily Mail readers – they use satirical cartoons and mild rebukes. The increasing numbers of death threats in our society virtually all come from “alt-right” extremists, as even Charles Foster might agree. It is not the readers who lead the alt-right charge at the Mail, but the unbalanced editors, who go far beyond simply having “opinions”. Has this mild letter put me in the firing line?
Virginia Cumming

• As Charles Foster suggests, it isn’t always possible to divine the political stance of people from the newspapers they read. A late and much-missed colleague used to buy the Daily Mail every day, which astonished me because I knew where he stood politically. I tackled him one day about it. “You’re about as leftwing as it’s possible to be without disappearing over the horizon. Why do you buy the Mail,” I asked. To which he replied: “It’s the only paper that gives Tony Blair the kicking he deserves.”
Nigel Stapley

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Ed Miliband interviews brother David as guest presenter on Radio 2

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:31:41 GMT2017-06-23T14:31:41Z

Brothers discuss refugee crisis and their own family history but not their relationship or Labour

Ed Miliband has conducted a reflective interview with his brother, David, at the end of a week-long stint guest-presenting the Jeremy Vine show on BBC Radio 2.

In their first joint public outing since Ed unexpectedly beat David to the Labour leadership in 2010, the brothers talked about the refugee crisis and their family history of persecution but stopped short of discussing Labour or their relationship, which has reportedly been strained for the last seven years.

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Bertie Carvel: 'His speciality is making monsters and demons understood'

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:19:10 GMT2017-06-23T14:19:10Z

The actor’s former creations include a psychopathic teacher and an adulterous husband. Now the son of a former Guardian journalist is to play Rupert Murdoch in a new play, Ink

As the son, grandson and great-grandson of admired British newspaper reporters, Bertie Carvel was at high risk of ending up in journalism. He ran from the family tree by going to drama school, but blood has a way of coming out and Carvel will next week continue his rise to the heights of his profession by playing one of the most significant figures in the business he escaped: Rupert Murdoch in Ink, a new stage play by James Graham that dramatises the Australian tycoon’s launch of the Sun in 1969.

For Carvel, it is the latest in a string of characters that the audience may feel tempted to find unsympathetic. Previous creations include Miss Trunchbull, the psychopathic schoolmistress in the musical version of Roald Dahl’s Matilda, which made Carvel’s name in London and on Broadway, and Simon Foster, the corrupt and adulterous husband of the GP title character in Doctor Foster, a five-part BBC1 psychological thriller that returns for a second series later this year.

Related: Almeida to stage anarchic comedy about Rupert Murdoch at the Sun

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Finsbury Park mosque official complains to BBC over attack coverage

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:10:37 GMT2017-06-23T14:10:37Z

Chair of mosque says Muslims are ‘outraged’ that deadly terrorist attack was not discussed on Question Time

The chairman of Finsbury Park mosque has written to the BBC complaining that the terrorist attack on Muslim worshippers earlier this week was not discussed on BBC1’s Question Time on Thursday night.

Mohammed Kozbar said he was “seriously disappointed” that there were no questions from the audience about Monday’s deadly terror attack, which left one man dead and several injured.

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Hospital withdraws complaint alleging Sun reporter impersonated friend of Grenfell victim

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:07:19 GMT2017-06-23T14:07:19Z

Sun apologises for not following media protocol and King’s College accepts journalist did not impersonate friend

King’s College hospital has withdrawn a complaint against the Sun that alleged a reporter from the newspaper impersonated a friend of an injured victim of the Grenfell Tower fire in order to get an interview with him.

The hospital said last week it had formally written to News UK, the owner of the Sun, and the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) about the incident. The Sun denied its reporter attempted to impersonate a friend or relative of the victim.

Related: Grenfell Tower fire: police considering manslaughter charges

Related: Why the Grenfell Tower official death toll has risen so slowly

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Letter: Robin Murray obituary

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:03:46 GMT2017-06-23T14:03:46Z

I first met the economist Robin Murray in 1988, when he gave invaluable assistance to an Open Space documentary I was producing for BBC2 about the coercive, exploitative and low-quality nature of the Employment Training scheme being run by Margaret Thatcher’s government. Entitled ET Isn’t Working, the film was made with the Brighton Unemployed Centre, near where he lived, and focused on the inequities of the system from the point of view of unemployed people themselves.

Robin helped strengthen the intellectual underpinnings of the film, not in some desiccated theoretical way, but fully engaging with the lives of the people involved. He was friendly and purposeful with an invitingly warm, kindly smile. I was told by those going to the centre, who he had supported for some time, that he was “a good bloke”. “You’ll like him,” they said, and indeed I did.

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Does the Daily Mail's criticism of aid matter?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:05:30 GMT2017-06-23T10:05:30Z

The recent UK general election and a public attitude to aid survey suggests the press doesn’t have as much influence as the government seems to think

In the wake of the UK general election result, the assumption that British newspapers have a significant influence over their reader’s voting behaviours is being challenged.

A recent YouGov poll found that a majority (52%) of Sun readers didn’t vote in the election and just 59% of those who did, voted the way the paper suggested. Perhaps even more surprising is that one in six readers of the Daily Mail voted for Labour.

The media in general, and newspapers in particular, may not be as important in shaping public opinion

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David Dimbleby throws out Question Time audience member – video

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:01:45 GMT2017-06-23T09:01:45Z

Host of Question Time David Dimbleby boots out an audience member during Thursday’s show. It was after he had interrupted the panel guest Gina Miller. The man had shouted over other panellists earlier in the show

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Daily Mail refuses to pay journalist for republishing parts of her work

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:15:11 GMT2017-06-23T07:15:11Z

‘There is no copyright in an idea,’ freelance reporter told after complaining that Australian website rewrote her investigations under the bylines of its staff

Daily Mail Australia has refused to pay a journalist for republishing parts of her work under its reporters’ bylines, telling her: “There is no copyright in an idea.”

Ginger Gorman, a freelance journalist, has had two major investigations originally published by News Corp Australia and Fairfax Media rewritten by the Daily Mail website. Neither Mail piece contains any original reporting. In one case, the Mail version does not have any link back to the original.

Please retweet if you think @DailyMailAU @mcilveenl should pay my invoice & stop stealing the work of ethical journalists @withMEAA

Related: Karl Stefanovic berates Daily Mail for running 'cheap, lazy, sexist' stories

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