IPSO chair’s speech to Society of Editors does not bode well for self-regulator – Brian Cathcart

12 11 2014

Sir Alan MosesWithin days of his appointment last summer as chair of Ipso, the new press self-regulator, former judge Sir Alan Moses, was promising that he would reform it dramatically. In September he acknowledged the shortcomings of the Ipso in terms of Leveson compliance. Read the rest of this entry »





Did Mazher Mahmood mislead Leveson about the Dark Arts of his Past? – Peter Jukes

11 11 2014
Media Ethics Inquiry (Leveson Inquiry)The further postponement of the BBC1 Panorama documentary leaves us waiting for new light to be cast on the activities of News of the World‘s most famous reporter, Mazher Mahmood, the Fake Sheikh.  In the meantime, it is worth going back over his evidence to the Leveson Inquiry.

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News: Royal Charter Press Recognition Panel to begin on 3 November 2014

31 10 2014

PressThe Press Recognition Panel established under the Royal Charter on self-regulation of the press, will come into existence as a legal entity on 3 November 2014 when the five initial members of the Board take up their appointments. Read the rest of this entry »





Paul Dacre on Leveson and the Press, a “victim” speaks – Brian Cathcart

31 10 2014

Daily Mail Editor Paul Dacre Gives Evidence At The Leveson InquiryPaul Dacre has made a speech at a NewstrAid charity event. The full text is available here. It shows the editor of the Daily Mail ambitiously playing the victim card, painting a picture of newspapers desperately holding aloft the tattered flag of liberty while being persecuted in every possible way by an intolerant, authoritarian state. Read the rest of this entry »





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 »








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