Two years after the Leveson Inquiry, why are the UK government’s dealings with the media still shrouded in secrecy? – Justin Schlosberg

17 10 2014

David Cameron at Leveson inquirtyIn 2011, as the phone-hacking scandal unfolded, Prime Minister David Cameron pledged a new era of transparency in the government’s dealings with the media. All meetings between senior government and media figures were to be recorded and published on a quarterly basis and a major public inquiry was launched – partly with a focus on the relationship between press and politicians. Read the rest of this entry »





Would the paisley pyjamas sting stand up in court? – Nicholas Robin

8 10 2014

brooks-newmark-mirror-frontpageThe Sunday Mirror’s use of a fake Twitter account to trick an MP into sending ‘selfies’ of himself in bed has raised renewed questions about whether journalists are justified in using entrapment in the public interest. The paper’s editor, Alison Phillips, has strongly defended the sting as being in the public interest. Read the rest of this entry »





Three months to save IPSO – Damian Tambini

2 10 2014

NewspapersAccording to Hacked Off, the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) is ‘a sham regulator’ that defies the will of Parliament and ignores Leveson. For the newspapers that set it up, including the Telegraph, the Mail and the Times, it is a gamble that might save press freedom in Britain. Read the rest of this entry »





Hacked Off: IPSO launched with a whisper – Michelle Gribbon

24 09 2014

Moses-image-3Nearly two years after the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics which condemned the Press Complaints Commission, a “new” press regulator IPSO finally opened its doors on 8 September after months of delay. The Express Group, the Mirror Group, The Sun, The Times, The Sunday Times, the Mail Group and the Telegraph Group all signed up to their new creature, which promised to be ‘rigorous, independent, fair and transparent’ . Read the rest of this entry »





Can Newspapers Convince the Public IPSO Is Not a ‘Sham’? – Martin Moore

10 09 2014

PressAs IPSO – the press’ response to Leveson – opened for business this week, newspapers may be wondering whether they will be able to convince the public that it is not just a replica of its discredited predecessor, the Press Complaints Commission. Read the rest of this entry »





Faking Change: a brief history of IPSO – Brian Cathcart

9 09 2014

Murdoch and IPSOThe Independent Press Standards Organisation (“IPSO”) began, as it could only have begun, in disaster. Nothing less could have stirred the men who own and run Britain’s big national newspaper groups to alter in any way a system of ‘self-regulation‘ that had protected their interests so well for decades. Read the rest of this entry »





Interview: Julian Petley, Press Freedom, Press Regulation and the Public Interest

26 08 2014

Julian-Petley-Film-and-TVJulian Petley, one of the most prominent campaigners for media freedom in the UK, kindly agreed to answer some questions from Simon Dawes on phone-hacking, the Snowden leaks, the fallout from the Leveson Inquiry, and IPSO, the new self-regulatory body for the press. Read the rest of this entry »








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