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 »





The Monstering of a 20 year Romany Gypsy cleaner by the press – Mike Doherty

4 09 2014

Headline-montageJust as the controversy over the hyper-reporting of the suicide of Robin Williams was beginning to fade, West Mercia Police were called to a house in the village of Pow Green, Herefordshire, where they discovered the bodies of a retired businessman and his wife. Both had been killed by a single gunshot wound. Read the rest of this entry »





Libel Juries: How Tim Yeo and Mr Justice Warby buried the Seven Bishops – Alan Richards

3 09 2014

The_Seven_Bishops_committed_to_the_Tower_in_1688_from_NPGIt is ironic – and perhaps a little shocking – that an early high-profile beneficiary of the abolition of the right for juries to try libel cases in England and Wales should be a Member of Parliament – one who will doubtless have supported the Defamation Act 2013 that removed the long-standing right. So, step forward Tim Yeo, who will not (thanks to the new law and a sympathetic judge) have 12 jurors facing him in court who need to be persuaded that he did not show willingness “to abuse his position in Parliament to further his own financial and business interests in preference to the public interest“.* Read the rest of this entry »





Summer (and Early Autumn) Reading from The Media Policy Project – Damian Tambini

1 09 2014

Damian_Tambini_4489-cropped-150x150Press Reform in the UK is stalled. With referendum and election shimmering on a distant, sunlit horizon, and the new Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) strolling around in the Long Grass, this summer holiday is a time for some longer term reflection. 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 »





Australia: A landmark judgment – David Rolph

28 08 2014

gazetteNSW Supreme Court Justice Lucy McCallum’s decision last week to permanently stay Roland Bleyer’s defamation proceedings against Google Inc (Bleyer v Google [2014] NSWSC 897) is a landmark judgment for two reasons.

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Wikipedia and the Right to be Forgotten… or why Jimmy Wales might want to support a right to delete – Paul Bernal

27 08 2014

Jimmy WalesOne of the more strident critics of the Google Spain ruling by the ECJ, bringing into action at least a form of the much derided ‘right to be forgotten’, has been Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia. Read the rest of this entry »








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