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‘Postmodern journalism’ and its implications for women

Rosie Boycott, one of the founders of the British feminist magazine Spare Rib and one of the first women to edit a British national daily, resigned her position as the editor of the Daily Express in January 2001 when she found that the paper had been bought by a pornography publisher, Richard Desmond, for £125 million. The Guardian commented: ‘It was a marriage made in hell – the founder of Spare Rib in bed with the owner of Asian Babes, 40-Plus and 50 and Over, and 40 other pornographic magazines’ (Hattenstone 2002: 2). Boycott told the Guardian that having sacked a pregnant woman and evicting staff without notice, Desmond was intent on reporting only ‘positive news’ in the Daily Express ...

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