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 »





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 »





Paul Dacre on Leveson and the Press, a “victim” speaks – Brian Cathcart

31 10 2014

Daily Mail Editor Paul Dacre Gives Evidence At The Leveson InquiryPaul Dacre has made a speech at a NewstrAid charity event. The full text is available here. It shows the editor of the Daily Mail ambitiously playing the victim card, painting a picture of newspapers desperately holding aloft the tattered flag of liberty while being persecuted in every possible way by an intolerant, authoritarian state. Read the rest of this entry »





Trinity Mirror finally admits what we all knew, but will it change anything? – Brian Cathcart

25 09 2014

TrinityMirrorPerhaps the sleaziest aspect of Trinity Mirror’s phone hacking confession is the emphasis placed on the idea that the offences took place ‘many years ago’. For while it is true that we have had to wait years for confirmation that reporters at the company’s papers broke the law in this way, that delay was in large measure the fault of the company’s management. 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 »





Three key reasons why the Royal Charter is better for journalists than IPSO – Brian Cathcart

13 08 2014

newspaper+stand_0The Royal Charter on Self-Regulation of the Press was sealed on 30 October 2013.  It has widespread public and political support.  And, most importantly, it is better for journalists than the newspaper proprietors’ latest regulatory fig leaf, IPSO.  There are three key reasons for this. 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 »








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