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Alain de Botton is probably anticipating sceptical reviews of his new book. It is unfortunate that, as a philosophical analysis of the news media, it is bound to be assessed by the very outlets, often resistant to change, that it seeks to correct.

Voices in Danger: Police in Taksim Square target journalists in violent crackdown

The coverage of Turkey's protests is being hampered by aggressive police action

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard with her partner Tim Mathieson

'Is your partner gay?' Shock jock sacked over Gillard interview

Radio host widely condemned for live questioning of Prime Minister

A man walks in front of a burning car during clashes with police on Taksim square

Voices in Danger: 'I have worked in war zones but Taksim was terrible'

In December, Reporters Without Borders branded Turkey the world’s biggest jail for journalists. Since the protests began, it's only gotten worse

Alex Horne: The stand-up comedian and band-leader talks sharks, beards and going on the run

I've always been scared of fish Specifically sharks, because of watching Jaws when I was to young. I'm hoping I was 10. I think I might have been 15. I trod on a dead fish a couple of years later and it floated to the surface and stared at me. I still have a residual fear of the sea. I'm more than happy to devour fish, mind. Just don't want them to eat me.

Oscar Pistorius enters the dock at the Pretoria Magistrates court

Oscar Pistorius trial: Judge hits out at press coverage of case as athlete's court date is set

Magistrate Daniel Thulare says behaviour of media outlets could be interpreted as contempt of court

An opposition march in Addis Ababa on Sunday called for the release of political prisoners

Voices in Danger: Jailed for 18 years for criticising Ethiopia's government, journalist Eskinder Nega vows to keep fighting

The Independent has seen a defiant letter smuggled out of jail by a man who pines for democracy

The Independent backs media trainee scheme

The Independent is supporting a scheme which aims to increase diversity in journalism by assisting young people who do not have a university degree to pursue a career in the media.

One of the alleged attackers was captured in a picture posted on twitter

Rod Liddle, 'black savages', and Louise Mensch

When bile such as this is sent unchecked into the atmosphere, it poisons the air

Friday - Pakistan

Voices in Danger: Pakistan faces urgent calls to address violence against the press

A total of 23 journalists were murdered in the past decade, without a single conviction

James Harding, incoming Director of News at the BBC

Incoming BBC news director promises action for more on-air female journalists

James Harding, the incoming Director of News at the BBC, has admitted his discomfort at the lack of women broadcasters on the BBC's bulletins and has promised to address the issue as a priority.

A soldier stands guard as security officials examine the site of a bomb explosion in Karachi, with election day being marred by bombings in in Karachi and Peshawar (Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images)

Voices in Danger: In Pakistan, state brutality makes journalism a dangerous business

Umar Cheema was abducted and attacked - but he was determined to tell his story

Alexander Lebedev says charges are 'fabricated'

The businessman Alexander Lebedev told a Russian court that he did not understand the accusations against him of “hooliganism motivated by political hatred” that could see him jailed for up to five years.

Tories reject Feldman probe calls over 'swivel-eyed loons' row

The Conservative Party board has rejected a call for an investigation into whether Tory co-chairman Lord Feldman described grassroots activists as "swivel-eyed loons".

Tory Lord Feldman to face questions about allegations he described grassroots activists as 'swivel-eyed loons'

The Conservative Party Chairman, Lord Feldman, has privately admitted speaking to journalists who reported a senior Tory figure describing local party activists as “swivel-eyed loons”, it emerged on Sunday.

Civilians and security forces gather at the scene of a car bomb attack in the southern Shiite city of Karbala, 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq

Voices in Danger: In Iraq, intimidation threatens the media's ability to report

In a country still recovering from war, reporting is as dangerous as ever

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