News: IMPRESS, the alternative press regulator, announces its first board

12 12 2014

Old typewriterIMPRESS, The Independent Monitor for the Press, yesterday announced the members of its first Board.They will join Walter Merricks CBE, whose appointment as the first Chair of IMPRESS was announced in November 2014, to launch the new organisation, which will introduce the first ever system of independent and effective press regulation. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Tom Watson MP, Second Annual Leveson Lecture; Unfinished Business – Tamsin Turk

11 12 2014

Tom-WatsonOn 3 December 2014, at the invitation of the campaigning group Hacked Off, Tom Watson MP gave the Second Annual Leveson Lecture, to a large audience in Westminster. Read the rest of this entry »





Press needs a regulator to protect itself and the rest of us – Angela Phillips

9 12 2014

News of the World Final EditionWhen the News of the World newspaper closed in 2011, in the wake of the phone hacking scandal, its editor, Colin Myler, said: “I know we produce a paper to be proud of.” To prove the point, the paper’s final edition was covered with front page exclusives, many of them the work of Mazher Mahmood: the Fake Sheik. Read the rest of this entry »





Sleepy IPSO, Zombie PCC and the Neglected Public – Michelle Gribbon

28 11 2014

IPSOVSPCCOn 8 September 2014, the discredited Press Complaints Commission (“PCC”) finally closed its doors and its successor – IPSO – was launched. The supposedly “new” regulator is based in the same office, with many of the same staff. But it is curiously quiet, even comatose. Read the rest of this entry »





Paul Vickers: IPSO architect departs as cracks widen – Brian Cathcart

23 11 2014

IPSOVSPCCThe departure of Paul Vickers from Trinity Mirror is an important development for the press industry, though characteristically the big newspaper groups have chosen not to share the implications with their readers. Read the rest of this entry »





The Culture Secretary, RIPA and Press Lapdogs – Evan Harris

12 11 2014

Sajid JavidCulture Secretary, Sajid Javid, went to the Society of Editors Conference to flatter and deceive.  And I was on hand yesterday to witness the sight of the fearless watchdogs of the British press lap it all up.  Read the rest of this entry »





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 »








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