“Brave little Belgium” or “too little too late”? Belgian apologies for colonisation from a communications perspective

At the start of the month Belgium’s Prime Minister, Charles Michel, said sorry. Sorry on behalf of the nation. He apologised for the kidnapping of mixed-race children at the end of Belgian colonial rule in Africa. Michel gave a speech in parliament, detailing the actions of the Belgian state in the Democratic Republic of Congo, […]

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KitKat or just another “four trapezoidal bars aligned on a rectangular base”?

Chocolates – a personal matter, where we all have our individual preferences. Whether it be Cadbury’s Dairy Milk or Snickers, Nestle’s KitKat has always been one of the nation’s favourites. However, a recent decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ), held that this lunchbox snack staple does not merit trademark protection. But why isn’t  …

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Has Rafa Márquez scored an own goal in managing his reputation?

Rafa Márquez, Mexico’s World Cup Captain, made history as the third player ever to have participated in five World Cups.  However, this impressive feat was overshadowed by his inclusion is a far less flattering list: one drawn up by the U.S. Treasury Department, in particular the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), of people who  …

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Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2018

Last week, the Reuters Institute for the study of Journalism published their latest Digital News Report. The research revealed new insights about digital news consumption based on a survey of over 74,000 online news consumers in 37 countries. The headline findings included that a growing number of consumers are losing trust and confidence in  …

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