Ian Burrell

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

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The increase in libel cases brought over comments made on Twitter and other 'new media' platforms is being attributed to a lack of understanding among social media users that they are legally responsible for what they write

Libel cases prompted by social media posts rise 300% in a year

Increase is blamed on users’ lack of understanding of their legal responsibilities

Ink global has used savvy marketing and a globe-trotting readership to take over the world’s skies

Founder Michael Keating talks about the success behind the London-based company

My Life: Penguin Post Office is natural history for CBeebies

After the Jeremy Clarkson fiasco in Tierra del Fuego, a happier BBC story from the bottom of the Earth.

Health workers at Doctors Without Borders (MSF), work in the high-risk area of the ELWA 3 Ebola treatment center in Liberia

Africa is so much more than Ebola

Ebola shouldn't dominate the media coverage of Africa

Shane Smith founded Vice in Montreal in 1994

Shane Smith interview: Vice chief eyes TV news for 'Generation Y'

Exclusive: Edgy, youth-focused media group is going global, but has it sold out?

Hard sentences: the first copies of ‘Jail Mail’

Jail Mail is a national newspaper with a difference – it's only available in prisons

Britain's third national newspaper for prisoners launched this month. Ian Burrell explores how it compares with previous titles in reporting the news behind bars
29 per cent of Baby Boomer respondents said virtual friends were most important to them

Baby Boomers prefer 'online friends' to wealth or life experiences

Middle-aged Baby Boomers are now so obsessed with social media that they rate their number of virtual friends as more important to their self-esteem than experiences they have in the “real” world.

Martina Purdy has been a journalist for 25 years

BBC Northern Ireland reporter Martina Purdy quits – to become a nun

She made a “very personal decision” to quit her job as a journalist after 25 years

From left: Moosa Abd-Ali Ali, Saeed Al-Shehabi and Jaafar Al Hasabi during the press conference in London

Bahrain ‘spied on political activists living in the UK’

Government asked to investigate Gulf nation’s links to UK spyware company

Hammond, right, claimed that the choice of a car with the registration H982 FKL had been an “accident”

Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond felt 'a real chill' over Falklands number plate

Presenter claims H982 FKL plate was a 'genuine accident'

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Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album
Hugh Bonneville & Peter James: 'Peter loves his classic cars; I've always pootled along fine with a Mini Metro. I think I lack his panache'

How We Met: Hugh Bonneville & Peter James

'Peter loves his classic cars; I've always pootled along fine with a Mini Metro. I think I lack his panache'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's heavenly crab dishes don't need hours of preparation

Bill Granger's heavenly crab recipes

Scared off by the strain of shelling a crab? Let a fishmonger do the hard work so you can focus on getting the flavours right
Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

After a remarkable conversion from reckless defender to prolific striker, Monaco's ace says he wants to make his loan deal at Old Trafford permanent
Terry Venables: Premier League managers must not be allowed to dictate who plays and who does not play for England

Terry Venables column

Premier League managers must not be allowed to dictate who plays and who does not play for England
The Inside Word: Brendan Rodgers looks to the future while Roy Hodgson is ghost of seasons past

Michael Calvin's Inside Word

Brendan Rodgers looks to the future while Roy Hodgson is ghost of seasons past