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John Walsh traces the rich history of political satire and its power to provoke extreme reactions

A journalist works in the Paris newsroom of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, in 2006

What is Charlie Hebdo? A magazine banned and resurrected but always in the grand tradition of Gallic satire

Original incarnation banned in 1970 after printing a mock death notice for General Charles de Gaulle

Activists in Entebbe last August

Gay rights activists defy Ugandan laws by publishing new LGBTI magazine

Thirty thousand copies of 'Bombastic' are to be circulated by hand - and the effect will be inflammatory in the socially conservative country
Ed Richards, the retiring head of Ofcom, has accused government representatives of showing favouritism to Rupert Murdoch’s companies

Government favoured Rupert Murdoch's media empire, says outgoing Ofcom chief

Ed Richards believes relations between politicians and News Corp were 'too cosy'

Beny Steinmetz made his fortune in diamond trading

Victory for press freedom as billionaire fails legal bid to force anti-bribery group to hand over ‘evidence’

Information Commissioner rejected request from Beny Steinmetz to reveal Global Witness' files

Gavin Barwell, MP for Central Croydon

Tory MP is told to stop pestering his constituents

Gavin Barwell's campaigns are a 'running joke' and blatant electioneering, says local paper
Jules Stenson, 48, will be sentenced on a date that is to be fixed next year

Jules Stenson: Another former ‘NOTW’ editor convicted for phone hacking

Stenson, 48, will be sentenced on a date that is to be fixed next year

Alan Rusbridger is to let a ‘younger pair of hands take over the reins’

Alan Rusbridger set to take up new role as head of an Oxford college

Soon-to-be ex-Guardian editor is in line to become principal of the university's Lady Margaret Hall

Alan Rusbridger will step down after 20 years in the role

Alan Rusbridger quits: Who's in line to replace outgoing Guardian editor?

The frontrunners and the outside chances

Alan Rusbridger to quit as 'Guardian' editor-in-chief after 20 years in role next summer

The Independent has learned that Rusbridger has discussed his intentions to move with fellow members of the Scott Trust

The study found that 40 per cent of press releases contained exaggerated health advice

Bad science reporting blamed on exaggerations in university press releases

Study finds science journalists are not always to blame for the hype

Rolling Stone under attack from all sides as questions arise over university rape story

Magazine admits it made reporting mistakes

Former Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe who has died after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease

Jeremy Thorpe: The day the Ditto Man and his few remaining friends thanked God for deliverance

The ins and outs of the Thorpe trial gave ‘Private Eye’ much to ridicule, recalls its then-editor Richard Ingrams

Andrew Mitchell outside the High Court in London after losing his libel action against ‘The Sun’

Andrew Mitchell 'Plebgate' trial: The great British libel casino claims a fresh victim

Andrew Mitchell is not the first public figure to face ruin after seeking vindication – and damages – in court

Syrian Electronic Army hack hits sites using Gigya, but all data safe

By exploiting a hole in the system that handles domain names such as independent.co.uk, hackers were able to re-direct users

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