“Innocent until proven guilty”, Murder in Thailand in the Sun and the Mirror – Michelle Gribbon

20 09 2014

The-Sun-Tues-Sep-16“Innocent until proven guilty” – the fundamental legal and human rights principle applying to citizens in modern liberal democracies. But not a right extended by The Sun and The Daily Mirror to the friends of British backpackers Hannah Witheridge and David Miller whose bodies were found on the Thai island of Koh Tao on Monday. Read the rest of this entry »





Can Newspapers Convince the Public IPSO Is Not a ‘Sham’? – Martin Moore

10 09 2014

PressAs IPSO – the press’ response to Leveson – opened for business this week, newspapers may be wondering whether they will be able to convince the public that it is not just a replica of its discredited predecessor, the Press Complaints Commission. Read the rest of this entry »





Faking Change: a brief history of IPSO – Brian Cathcart

9 09 2014

Murdoch and IPSOThe Independent Press Standards Organisation (“IPSO”) began, as it could only have begun, in disaster. Nothing less could have stirred the men who own and run Britain’s big national newspaper groups to alter in any way a system of ‘self-regulation‘ that had protected their interests so well for decades. Read the rest of this entry »





Media Standards Trust: How Newspapers Covered Press Regulation after Leveson

5 09 2014

Media Standards TrustThe Media Standards Trust has published the first comprehensive analysis [pdf] of UK national newspaper coverage of press regulation following the publication of the Leveson Report in November 2012. Read the rest of this entry »





Hacked Off: Why we should be “furious” with the Daily Express – Rachel Baugh

31 08 2014

front-Daily-ExpressThe front page of The Daily Express on 27 August 2014  contained the headline “Fury Over Britain’s 2M Illegal Migrants”. Sensational headlines are not new but this particular story goes beyond mere sensation, and should deeply worry anyone who values basic journalism standards. Read the rest of this entry »





Interview: Julian Petley, Press Freedom, Press Regulation and the Public Interest

26 08 2014

Julian-Petley-Film-and-TVJulian Petley, one of the most prominent campaigners for media freedom in the UK, kindly agreed to answer some questions from Simon Dawes on phone-hacking, the Snowden leaks, the fallout from the Leveson Inquiry, and IPSO, the new self-regulatory body for the press. Read the rest of this entry »





Robin Williams’ coverage shows editors won’t listen and won’t learn – Brian Cathcart

14 08 2014

williamsThe coverage of Robin Williams’s death in some national newspapers shows not only that editors treat the PCC Code of Practice with contempt – there is nothing new about that – but also that they seem unable to learn from their mistakes, no matter what is at stake. Read the rest of this entry »








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