Keeping politicians, including Maria Miller, out of press regulation – Brian Cathcart

8 04 2014

Maria MillerThe affair of Maria Miller’s expenses has given rise to a lot of humbug, much of it thoughtfully addressed here. But at least one further bit of humbug remains, and it relates to those remarks made by Mrs Miller’s special adviser in December 2012 in conversation with a Telegraph reporter investigating the minister’s expenses. The Times relates this as follows: 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 »





Bias, bigotry and time for a regulator that honours Leveson’s recommendations – Shenaz Bunglawala

6 03 2014

ENGAGE-Banner-jpg1001We’ve been waiting with bated breath for progress with appointments to the Appointments Panel and the selection of its Chair to kick start the process of inaugurating a new press self-regulator. Read the rest of this entry »





Appeasing dictators will not help press freedom – Brian Cathcart

4 03 2014

State Control of PressThe suggestion is occasionally made (see herehere  and here) that Britain should think again about its new Royal Charter on press self-regulation because foreign dictators or authoritarian governments have cited it, or may cite it, as a justification for censorship. Read the rest of this entry »





Hackgate Files: Under Police Protection? – Maxine Carr, Derek Webb, and John Yates

16 02 2014

Derek-Webb-007Among the 153 celebrities and politicians the News of the World allegedly asked Derek Webb to put under surveillance, one name stands out – Maxine Carr. And for both Maxine Carr and Derek Webb, 17 December 2003 turned out to be a very significant date. Read the rest of this entry »





Hacked Off: Leveson and the PCC – Ten Criticisms from the Report

2 02 2014

Leveson PCCIn a recent statement the Society of Editors asserted that Hacked Off was wrong to say that the Press Complaints Commission (“PCC”) had been discredited in the Leveson Report. But it is the Society of Editors that is wrong. Read the rest of this entry »





IPSO panel snubs press abuse victims – Brian Cathcart

1 02 2014

Sir Hayden PhillipsThe committee chosen to set up a press self-regulator in defiance of the Leveson Inquiry recommendations has refused to meet victims of press abuse. Sir Hayden Phillips, who chairs the appointments panel for IPSO, the successor to the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) being prepared by the big newspaper companies, said any meeting with victims would be ‘inappropriate’ and ‘we cannot enter into a debate with you’. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Culture Media and Sport Committee, one off session on “Dealing with Complaints against the Press”

29 01 2014

Lord HuntThe House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee session on ‘Dealing With Complaints Against The Press’ yesterday held a one off session into progress in establishing a new press regulator, and whether any regulatory body will seek recognition under the Royal Charter made on 30 October 2013.  This can be viewed on Parliament TV. Read the rest of this entry »





IPSO: Big newspapers’ regulator project is already off the rails – Brian Cathcart

28 01 2014

IPSO Designed by PressBOFWork has begun on IPSO, the son-of-PCC that the big newspaper companies hope will fool the public into thinking they take self-regulation seriously.  Already, the cynicism and dishonesty of the operation is becoming apparent: Read the rest of this entry »








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