Ian Burrell

Ian Burrell is Assistant Editor and Media Editor of The Independent.

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Tulisa Contostavlos drugs trial collapse - CPS to investigate Fake Sheikh's credibility as witness

The Crown Prosecution Service is scrutinising the accuracy of evidence given by undercover reporter Mazher Mahmood in more than 30 previous criminal cases in order to assess his credibility as a witness in a series of ongoing investigations due to come before the courts, The Independent understands.

Sound System Culture by Paul Huxtable, Al Fingers and Mandeep Samra, book review

Huddersfield's loud and proud reggae history is revealed

Britain 'must resist' right to be forgotten ruling, David Cameron told

David Cameron has been urged by Britain’s media organisations to “firmly resist” the potential implications of the controversial “right to be forgotten” ruling by the European Court which allows complainants to demand removal of online material from search results.

Mazher Mahmood's article was given the splash treatment by The Sun on Sunday

Fake Sheikh: Tulisa may sue over ‘Fake Sheikh’ sting after drugs trial collapses

The journalist, who works for The Sun on Sunday, has been suspended pending further investigation

The 'Fake Sheikh' Mazher Mahmood’s extraordinary career

He will be hoping that he doesn’t have to swap his “rags”, as he calls them, for the type of prison clothing worn by those put behind bars

Former N-Dubz singer Tulisa Contostavlos gives a statement outside Southwark Crown Court after her trial

Tulisa demands police investigation of ‘Fake Sheikh’ Mazher Mahmood after drugs trial collapses

Judge Alistair McCreath’s comments raise the prospect of Mahmood being investigated for perjury or perverting the course of justice

Tony Hall, Director General of the BBC, has said the BBC has had a 'fantastic year'

BBC annual report: Tony Hall announces £374m in annual savings

The BBC has had a “fantastic year”, its director general Tony Hall said today, after 12 months in which the broadcaster has been pilloried by Parliament for misspending on executive pay and wasting £100m on a failed computer project, and when iconic presenters Rolf Harris and Stuart Hall have been jailed after high profile criminal trials.

Radio 4's Today programme host Evan Davis has been announced as the new face of Newsnight

Evan Davis replaces Jeremy Paxman as Newsnight presenter

BBC Director general Tony Hall described Davis as an 'outstanding journalist'

The BBC has cut its outlay on presenters and other stars by 15 per cent since 2009

BBC promises to increase drama spending despite budget cuts

Broadcaster has cut its outlay on presenters and other stars by 15 per cent since 2009

Over the years The Sun and its sibling, the News of the World, have published a great many sexual exposures. If there were a Palme d’Or for running such pieces, these two would vie with each other year after year, and no other newspaper would come close.

The Sun bares its Page 3 angst

The Sun claims to be relaxed in dismissing the vociferous “No More Page 3” petition, which stands on the verge of 200,000 signatures.

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Finding the names for America’s shame: What happens to the immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert?

Finding the names for America’s shame

The immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert
Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears