Open Letter: Expand and Strengthen Freedom of Information Legislation
The following open letter, submitted by Severin Carrell, Rob Edwards, James McEnaney, Ally Tibbitt and 36 others to the Public Audit and Post Legislative Scrutiny Committee in its call for evidence for its review of the 2002 Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act, is being published jointly by CommonSpace and The Ferret. The deadline for submissions to the Committee has been extended to 21 June.
Analysis: Sky News landlord rant highlights Establishment's vested interest in housing inequality
When housing inequality has got progressively worse over the past 20 years, it may be time to start looking at the vested interests of media/political elites – including in Scotland
IF YOU have not yet seen the Sky News anchor Jayne Secker’s outrageous interview with a tenant, then here it is in all its breathtaking arrogance.
Michael McEwan: Global radio should have consulted Scottish listeners before announcing cuts
Michael McEwan, CommonSpace columnist and chair of his local disability group, says that the decision to cut local radio stations in Scotland does not seem to have taken listeners like him into account
THE recent disappointing news that the company who owns Capital, Heart and Smooth radio stations, Global Radio, are set to drop local breakfast and drivetime shows broadcast from Scotland.
Global will broadcast national breakfast shows centralised from London.
Analysis: US media’s obsession with 'Russia-gate' has let Trump play the victim
CommonSpace editor Ben Wray says the US media’s unrelenting focus on ‘Russia-gate’ has proven to be a gift for Trump after the publication of the Mueller report
US PRESIDENT Donald Trump has received a major political boost, 18 months ahead of his attempt at re-election in the 2020 US Presidential election.
Smina Akhtar: The diary of a Scottish Muslim Woman after the Christchurch Massacre
Smina Akhtar, Phd student at the University of Glasgow and anti-racist campaigner, gives her thoughts in the aftermath of the Christchurch massacre of 49 people in a mosque in New Zealand
Friday 15 March, 9.12pm
Nik Williams: Let's seize this chance to ensure Scots defamation law protects free expression for all
Nik Williams, project manager at Scottish PEN, says that Scotland is closer than ever to defamation reform, ensuring free expression is beyond the coercive control of the rich and powerful
Robin Mcalpine: Wish the new BBC channel well – and remember always to be for things, not against them
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine argues that the independence movement’s attitude should be to build up – rather than knock down – those trying to change things for the better in Scotland
IN 1979, during the first devolution referendum in Scotland, one of the 'talking points' of the anti-devolutionists was about how rubbish Radio Scotland was. With a new Scottish BBC TV channel just launched, this is a lesson for today's independence supporters.