The Police Tip-Off and Cliff Richard – Dominic Crossley

15 08 2014

Sir-Cliff-Richard-investi-008Did you, as I did, succumb to the temptation of searching Cliff Richard’s name on Twitter following the news that his Berkshire home had been “raided” by the police?   If you did, you will have seen that many appear to be in no doubt as to his guilt.  Read the rest of this entry »





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 »





The Clock is Ticking for IPSO, UK’s New Press Regulator – Damian Tambini

10 07 2014

Sir Alan MosesJournalists have been imprisoned in the UK in the past weeks and more are to be sentenced. This is a sombre moment, and one in which it would be hoped that the newspaper industry and civil society might resolve to reach a new settlement  to prevent such a mess occurring again in the future. Read the rest of this entry »





Hacked Off: Three Important Recent Developments in relation to Press Regulation

28 06 2014

opinion_pollThe news this week has been dominated by the verdicts in the phone hacking trial at the Old Bailey.  But there have been three important developments this week in relation to press regulation which have not received much in the way of media coverage. Read the rest of this entry »





Hacked Off: Even in its dying days the PCC covers up the Mail’s appalling code breach record

20 05 2014

Daily MailNew monthly summaries of ‘concluded complaints’ have appeared on the PCC website, as usual with no fanfare and no analysis to help the public understand the performance of the newspapers that the PCC ‘regulates’. Read the rest of this entry »





UK Press Regulation Update: A Very British Fudge – Damian Tambini

15 05 2014

Damian_Tambini_4489-cropped-150x150In the coming weeks the new press regulator IPSO will unveil it’s board and officially launch. We can also expect an announcement about the  Recognition Panel established under the Royal Charter to audit the new system of newspaper self-regulation. Those expecting to finally see the implementation of Leveson’s reforms are likely to be disappointed however, argues Damian Tambini. Read the rest of this entry »





The PCC is still failing to hold newspapers accountable: the case of Dr Kate Stone – Evan Harris

14 05 2014

Kate StoneDr Kate Stone, a Cambridge academic, spoke on Channel 4 News on Saturday about how she had succeeded in getting no fewer than 6 national newspapers to correct a story, and that this was via a complaint to the Press Complaints Commission (PCC).  Read the rest of this entry »





The Challenges facing Sir Alan Moses – Martin Moore

11 05 2014

Sir Alan MosesIn his short statement accepting his appointment as Chair of IPSO (the ‘Independent Press Standards Organisation‘), Sir Alan Moses uses the word ‘independent’ or ‘independence’ five times. ‘The public and the press are entitled to a successful system of independent regulation‘ he says. Read the rest of this entry »





News: PressBoF refused permission to bring “fanciful appeal” on Royal Charter

2 05 2014

Maurice KayOn 1 May 2014 Lord Justice Maurice Kay (pic) dismissed the application by the Press Standards Board of Finance (“PressBoF”) for for permission to appeal against the dismissal of their judicial review application.  No further appeal routes are available and the case is now concluded. Read the rest of this entry »





Hacked Off: Response to the appointment of Sir Alan Moses as IPSO Chair

29 04 2014

Sir Alan MosesThe newspaper industry’s PCC replacment body, IPSO announced today [doc] that it had appointed Sir Alan Moses as its first chair.  Responding to the appointment, the Executive Director of Hacked Off, Professor Brian Cathcart said: Read the rest of this entry »








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