In its dying months, the PCC continues to massage the figures – Tom Rowland

16 04 2014

pccLast year the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) received 12,763 complaints, yet its published Monthly Complaint Summaries only record 5,940 cases dealt with – or about 46 per cent of the total.  So how it can claim that 80 per cent of complainants using its service are satisfied with the outcome? Read the rest of this entry »





Has the press done to Miller what the police did to Mitchell? – Simon Carne

9 04 2014

TelegraphIt is not that long ago that the press were pointing to Andrew Mitchell MP and asking: “If the police can do that to a government minister, what chance the rest of us.” I now find myself whether we should not just substitute “press” for “police” and “Maria Miller” for “Andrew Mitchell”. Read the rest of this entry »





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 »





Media Standards Trust Response to PCC Defence of IPSO

8 04 2014

media-standards-trustThe Media Standards Trust has submitted a response [pdf] to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee to the defence by the Press Complaints Commission (“the PCC”) of the “Independent Press Standards Organisation” (“IPSO”). Read the rest of this entry »





Press Regulation and Political Pressure: the Miller’s Tale – Jonathan Heawood

4 04 2014

Maria MillerWhat moral should we draw from the Miller’s tale? As in Chaucer’s original, this week’s events reveal a tangled web of claim and counter-claim, false identity and even a certain amount of arse-kissing. Read the rest of this entry »





Six tests for the chair of IPSO – Jonathan Heawood

2 04 2014

Old typewriterHow independent is the Independent Press Standards Organisation (“IPSO”)? It’s hardly independent of politicians, with two Conservative Peers on its interim Board (David Hunt and Michael Grade) and scope for further political Peers to sit on the Board of the regulator. And it’s hardly independent of the major newspaper publishers, who will control its processes and purse strings through the Regulatory Funding Company. Read the rest of this entry »





IPSO crisis: the start date for the PCC Mark 2 regulator is delayed again

1 04 2014

ipso_tabloid-766x1024They have had the farewell party but the changing of the signs on the PCC office door for its successor, IPSO, is going to be delayed.

In a Press Notice issued yesterday, Sir Hayden Phillips, Chair of the IPSO Appointments panel, said that they expected to appoint a Chair by the beginning of May, and: Read the rest of this entry »





Islamophobia, press bias and the need for reform – Ghazal Tipu

30 03 2014

IslamophobiaMuslim faith leaders, media professionals, activists and students gathered in an event recently, in a bid to gather grassroots support for media reform. A groundswell of support from the UK’s largest minority community could prove a real boost for the media reform movement. 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 »








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