Press regulation the IMPRESS way – Jonathan Heawood

29 03 2014

NewspapersI always wanted to be a journalist. I used to write up the news from our village on sheets of paper that my dad brought home from work. I thought that journalism was like the blues: all you need is a typewriter and the truth. Read the rest of this entry »





Jagger coverage shows how papers ignore the Editors’ Code when it suits them – Brian Cathcart

19 03 2014

Jagger ScottThe Editors’ Code of Practice for journalists, which the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) is supposed to enforce, includes as Clause 5(1): ‘In cases involving personal grief or shock, enquiries and approaches must be made with sympathy and discretion and publication handled sensitively.’ Read the rest of this entry »





Another Propaganda Exercise: How the World’s Top Editors Have Colluded in a British Press Deceit – Steven Barnett

17 03 2014

WAN-IFRAWhat a golden opportunity there was for the world’s newspaper editors to put the record straight on press regulation in Britain. Their industry umbrella group the World Association of Newspapers sent a delegation to the UK because, they said, they were concerned about “threats to press freedom”. Read the rest of this entry »





Newspapers exploit Lawrence case to recycle myths about whistleblowers – Brian Cathcart

16 03 2014

Daily MailWe could be forgiven for thinking it was a default procedure these days at the Daily Mail: when an editorial writer gets to the final few paragraphs about almost any subject, he or she strains to find a way to blame it all on Sir Brian Leveson. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: R (BSkyB) v The Commissioner of Police, Police bid to obtain journalistic material refused – Rosalind English

14 03 2014

Metropolitan PoliceOn 12 March 2014, the Supreme Court gave judgment in the case of R (on the application of BSkyB) v Commissioner of Police ([2014] UKSC 17). This was an appeal from a ruling by the Administrative Court that it was procedurally unfair, and therefore unlawful, for BSkyB to have had a disclosure order made against it without full access to the evidence on which the police’s case was based and the opportunity to comment on or challenge that evidence. Read the rest of this entry »





Lord Justice Laws, Miranda and the Democratic Justification for Expression – Jacob Rowbottom

24 02 2014

David Miranda 2The Divisional Court’s decision in the David Miranda case has provoked much controversy and debate about freedom of the press and national security issues. About halfway through his judgment, Laws LJ makes a number of comments about the justifications for freedom of expression and media freedom. Read the rest of this entry »





Hacked Off: How the Telegraph, Mail and Times have helped reduce press freedom in the UK – Evan Harris

19 02 2014

TimesTelegraph GuardianMail GuardianThe organisation Reporters Without Borders produces an annual World Press Freedom Index ranking pretty much every country in the world for the degree of freedom enjoyed by its press. Read the rest of this entry »





Pressing for press accountability in Britain – Jonathan Heawood

12 02 2014

For 65 years, newspapers in Britain have run a system grandly known as self-regulation. It is little more than a complaints-handling service. The current body, the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) has – like its predecessors – lost public confidence for failing to hold newspapers accountable to their own standards. Read the rest of this entry »





The Daily Mail exploits a man’s death to attack its enemies – Brian Cathcart

26 01 2014

Daily_Mail_clock,_closeupThe Daily Mail this week accused Hacked Off, the Media Standards Trust and Sir David Bell of reducing the late Lord McAlpine to a state of misery in the final year of his life, and insinuated that all three contributed to causing his death. Read the rest of this entry »





Journalisted Yearly 2013 – Scandals, Scares and Sidebar Staples

23 12 2013

JournalistedJournalisted is run by the Media Standards Trust. It collects information automatically from the websites of British news outlets. Articles are indexed by journalist, based on the byline to the article. Keywords and statistics are automatically generated, and the site searches for any blogs or social bookmarking sites linking to each article. Read the rest of this entry »








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