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Professor Julian Petley
Honorary Professor - SPS

Gaskell Building 164


During his career, Julian has moved back and forth between working in the media and teaching about the media, and although he has been a full-time academic for the past twenty-six years he is still an active freelance journalist, now publishing mainly online in sites such as Open Democracy, The Conversation, and Inforrm. He is also a member of the editorial board of the British Journalism Review and of the advisory board of Index on Censorship. As a member of the National Council of the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom and a supporter of Hacked Off he actively campaigns for media which  are both free from restrictions which stop  them from performing  their proper social functions but, equally importantly, behave responsibly and display the same degree of openness and public accountability which  they habitually demand from other institutions. This work involves making numerous submissions to official enquiries of one kind or another (including the Leveson Inquiry), giving evidence to parliamentary select committees, liaising with like-minded civil society groups, and maintaining a high media profile. His most recent book is the edited collection Media and Public Shaming, and he has just completed his contributions to the new edition of the co-authored work Culture Wars: The Media and the Left in Britain, which will be published in 2018. Awway from the Journalism area, he is one of the principal editors of the Journal of British Cinema and Television, and actively involved in the Brunel-based Knowing Our Rights project, of which he was a co-founder.  

Newest selected publications

Petley, J., Curran, J. and Gaber, I. (2018) 'Culture Wars: the Media and the British Left'. London: Routledge. ISSN 13: 9781138223035


Petley, J. (2015) 'Richard Hoggart and Pilkington: populism and public service broadcasting'. Ethical Space, 12 (1). pp. 4 - 14. ISSN: 1742-0105

Journal article

Petley, J. (2015) 'Witch-hunt: The word, the press and the Devils'. Journal of British Cinema and Television, 12 (4). pp. 515 - 538. ISSN: 1743-4521 Open Access Link

Journal article

Petley, J. (2015) 'The Censors' Tools', in Conboy, M. and Steel, J. (eds.) The Routledge Companion to British Media History. London : Routledge. pp. 437 - 448. ISBN 13: 978-0-415-53718-6.

Book chapter

Petley, J. (2014) 'The regulation of pornography on video-on-demand in the United Kingdom'. Porn Studies, 1 (3). pp. 260 - 284. ISSN: 2326-8743 Open Access Link

Journal article
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