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 »





Not the end of the hacking story- Malcolm Dean

5 07 2014

malcolm-d-198x256Contrary to tabloid assertions that the hacking scandal is now over following yesterday’s sentences on Andy Coulson, former Editor of News of the World, and four other members of that stable, some 59 people still face trials for making or receiving corrupt payments for confidential information. Read the rest of this entry »





Hacked Off: Rothermere papers commit almost half of all PCC Code breaches in 2014

2 07 2014

pccWith the newspaper industry’s flawed IPSO project – its replacement for the failed PCC – delayed yet again to September 2014 or even ‘Autumn’, the PCC continues discreetly posting summaries of ‘concluded complaints’ on its website. 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 »





Hacking trial was just round one in the fight to rescue journalism – Steven Barnett

25 06 2014

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????This is a defining moment for British journalism. Not because of the phone hacking verdicts, which frankly told us little more than the trial had already revealed.

In October 2013, three senior News of the World news editors – Neville Thurlbeck, Greg Miskiw and James Weatherup – pleaded guilty to phone hacking. Read the rest of this entry »





Hislop, Coogan and the question of who really stands for free expression – Brian Cathcart

24 06 2014

Coogan HislopIan Hislop and his Private Eye colleague Francis Wheen have resigned as patrons of Index on Censorship in protest at the appointment of Steve Coogan, apparently on the grounds that Coogan’s association with Hacked Off makes him an enemy of free expression. Read the rest of this entry »





IPSO: It’s déjà vu all over again – Mike Jempson

1 06 2014

MediaWiseGive newspapers more time to put their houses in order.’ Sounds familiar? That was the plea of Labour’s Lord MacGregor, the then Chairman of the Press Complaints Commission, in January 1992. He was responding to the announcement that the Tory Government had appointed lawyer Sir David Calcutt to review the efficacy of press self-regulation. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Daily Mail Apologises in Court for libelling Counsellor – Michelle Gribbon and Brian Cathcart

22 05 2014

Baylissa-Frederick1A professional counsellor yesterday won an apology from the Daily Mail, which admitted in court that it had harmed and distressed her by publishing defamatory allegations about her medical history. Baylissa Frederick, author and founder of the charity Recovery Road, which helped people suffering from addiction to tranquillisers, sleeping pills and anti-depressants, also received undisclosed damages. 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 »





Murdoch Buying up Murdoch – Nothing to Worry About? – Des Freedman

17 05 2014

skyitaliaPay-TV operator BSkyB has confirmed its intention to buy the share that Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox owns in Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia. Des Freedman of Goldsmiths, University of London argues that these moves to consolidate a “European” Sky might not be raising alarms at the national level, but merits intervention from European competition authorities. Read the rest of this entry »








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