World Cup bid undone by British media?

Latest reports suggest that our free media are to blame for England’s failed World Cup bids.

But some feel FIFA may be playing the man rather than the ball here.

Simon Jenkins at the Guardian has a refreshing take on this rather circular meme.

And yet some of our press are a little shy in coming forward for praise.  The Mail’s splash today features a box which asks in a rather shouty way, ‘WILL BRITAIN’S MEDIA BE BLAMED FOR MISSING VOTES?’   The Panorama and Sunday Times investigations are mentioned prominently, but the Mail fails to mention that its’ stable-mate The Sunday Mail got the ball rolling with a well-aimed sting on Lord Triesman. Strange…

But FIFA may be getting their own back on the UK’s unruly press if their decisions are anything to go by.

Russia and Qatar came 140th and 121st respectively (out of 178) in RSF’s Press Freedom Index 2010.

That should keep things nice and quite for a while…


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