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The Blagger's Blog 17th April 2015

A weekly roundup of media news and talking points, sans effort

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Quote of the week

I don’t think you need damage to be a good writer but you have more experience of extremities.” Shameless writer, Paul Abbott, discussing his new series, No Offence, in The Guardian.

 Weekly High

In response to the so-called ‘gag law’, which comes into effect on 1st July and will see protests outside government buildings illegalised, activists in Spain held the world’s first hologram march outside the lower house of parliament in Madrid, with thousands of people turning out to voice their opposition to the legislation, without really turning out. Take a look.

Weekly Low

As the anniversary of the World War One battle of Gallipoli approaches, Australians know only too well the sensitivity surrounding the acronym ANZAC. As such it’s unsurprising Woolworths experienced a Twitter backlash for jumping on the back of the centenary, with the public accusing the firm of insensitivity in extremis.

Stories to keep an eye on

The Liberal Democrat election manifesto has pledged to offer greater protection to journalists, and their sources, with other parties highly critical of the promise to allow reporters to ‘opt out’ of requests from authorities to reveal sensitive information. 

Billed as an iPhone-beater, the Huawei P8 smartphone was launched in London today, and people really seem to like it.

Following our blog on the possible legal repercussions of the platform, Twitter’s live streaming network Periscope has come under fire after pirated versions of episodes of HBO’s hit series Game Of Thrones were broadcast on the platform. 


Just in case you missed it

This week we’ve been considering the importance of brand transparency. Again. Not least in the context of The Greenwashing Index, which exposes the false claims of brands regarding environmentalism. Read all about it here.

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