Three key reasons why the Royal Charter is better for journalists than IPSO – Brian Cathcart

13 08 2014

newspaper+stand_0The Royal Charter on Self-Regulation of the Press was sealed on 30 October 2013.  It has widespread public and political support.  And, most importantly, it is better for journalists than the newspaper proprietors’ latest regulatory fig leaf, IPSO.  There are three key reasons for this. Read the rest of this entry »





“Hello, my name is The Daily Mail, and I twist your words” – Tom Rowland

12 08 2014

dr-kate-granger-620873092Read the excesses of parts of the British Press for long enough and one gets quite hardened to distortions, misreporting and twisting of the truth. Read the rest of this entry »





Other Dark Arts at the News of the World: The “Fake Sheikh” Investigated by Police Just Before the Phone Hacking Operation – Joe Public

5 08 2014

fakesheikh-390x285Scotland Yard investigated Fake Sheikh Mazher Mahmood 9 years ago – in 2005 just four months before they initiated a phone hacking investigation into his newspaper. Like Operation Caryatid, there isn’t a trace of a follow up or outcome despite the evidence that triggered the investigation being accepted in two courts. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Stichting Ostade Blade v Netherlands, The limits of the concept of “journalistic source” – Hugh Tomlinson QC

22 06 2014

516_thumbIn the case of Stichting Ostade Blade v Netherlands (App 8406/06, 27 May 2014) the Third Section of the Court of Human Rights held that an Article 10 application by a Dutch magazine arising out of a police raid was inadmissible.   Read the rest of this entry »





The State Journalism is in: Edward Snowden and the British Press, Part 3 – Julian Petley

8 05 2014

Snowden and GuardianThe third, and overarching theme in the press campaign against the Guardian and on behalf of the government is national security. Read the rest of this entry »





The State Journalism is in: Edward Snowden and the British Press, Part 2 – Julian Petley  

6 05 2014

Mail SnowdenThe first theme in the press campaign against the Guardian by and on behalf of the Government concerns pure and simple payback for the Guardian’s phone-hacking revelations and the resultant Leveson inquiry.

An early example occurs in a Mail article by Stephen Glover on 21 August 2013, headed ‘That Murky Arrest Troubles Me. But the Guardian’s in Murky Waters Where Those Who Love Their Country Should not Venture’. It concludes thus: Read the rest of this entry »





The State Journalism is in: Edward Snowden and the British Press, Part 1 – Julian Petley

3 05 2014

Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden is interviewedAt Prime Minister’s questions on 16 October 2013, the former Conservative Defence Secretary Liam Fox asked David Cameron: Read the rest of this entry »





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 »








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