Opinion: The Royal Charter in 2014, and the Prime Minister’s thoughts – Brian Cathcart

7 01 2014

cameron-levesonThis country is now very close to settling a problem that has plagued it for generations. The problem was this: how to protect ordinary citizens from lying, bullying and unjustified intrusion carried out in the name of journalism, while at the same time ensuring that journalists were free to do the job they need to do to sustain our democracy. Read the rest of this entry »





Press Regulation: A Lesson From History, A Message to David Cameron – Steven Barnett

8 10 2013

PressWe have been here before. Delays, legal manoeuvres, and desperate scaremongering as the national press tries to stave off even the mildest form of accountability.  Self-serving politicians desperate to suppress the truth? Try this: “One of the greatest canards of the past few years has been that ‘ordinary’ people need privacy laws to protect them from a rapacious Press. This mantra is chanted incessantly by politicians when in fact what they really want is protection for themselves.” (Daily Mail, 30 July, 1993). Read the rest of this entry »





David Cameron’s Very Own Moment of Press Intrusion, or Why It Pays to Listen to Advice about Dangerous Dogs – Paul Wragg

2 09 2013

-If you decide to keep a dangerous dog, well-known for its generally intemperate and often vicious nature, and ignore, or worse, deny the constant and sensible advice you are given pointing out the danger you can hardly expect much sympathy when that dog bites you.  And so it is that David Cameron’s pitiful cries of foul play will fall on deaf earsRead the rest of this entry »





Nudging and Filtering: Internet Censorship and Mail Hypocrisy – Julian Petley

15 08 2013

The Open Rights Group is asking people to sign a petition asking David Cameron not to require Internet Service Providers to switch on ‘adult’ web filters by default, meaning that anyone who wishes to access certain kinds of material online will have to ask their ISP to switch off the filter. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Conservatives pull out of cross-party Leveson talks, Parliament will decide

14 03 2013

image1The Prime Minister has told a press conference that the Conservatives are pulling out of cross party talks about the implementation of the Leveson report.  He said that regulation would not work without the consent of the press.  He accepted that, as a result, the matter would be decided by Parliament on Monday 18 March 2013, when there would be a vote on “Leveson amendments” to the Crime and Courts Bill. Read the rest of this entry »





Opinion: “Who’s independent?” – Brian Cathcart

5 12 2012

The national papers are desperately scratching around for the names of people who might be regarded as sufficiently independent to serve on their new regulator. Let’s give them some help.

First, editors and proprietors are anything but independent. They are not only wholly partisan, but most of them are tainted by their longtime advocacy of the discredited Press Complaints Commission and by their record of, as the Leveson report puts it, ‘wreaking havoc in the lives of ordinary people’. So the less they have to do with setting up an independent regulatory body that is supposed to put the interests of the public before those of the industry, the better. Read the rest of this entry »





Leveson, Press and data protection: the Rubicon has already been crossed – Chris Pounder

30 11 2012

rubicon-sign-708104The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has expressed “serious concerns and misgivings” over bringing in laws to underpin any new body to regulate the press. Mr Cameron told MPs that legislation backing a regulatory body underpinned by statute would “cross the Rubicon” by writing elements of press regulation into the law for the “first time“. Because of this, Mr Cameron, is “not convinced at this stage that statute is necessary to achieve Lord Justice Leveson’s objectives”. Read the rest of this entry »





The Mail on Sunday and giving the Press “One Last Chance”

25 11 2012

As the date of publication of the Leveson report approaches the self-interested spin machine of the popular press is going into overdrive. Today’s “Mail on Sunday” headline was “Cameron set to defy Leveson on law to allow state-controlled press… for now.”  The story, attributed to “senior sources”, was to the effect that the Prime Minister was Read the rest of this entry »





Hunt/Black plan fails the Prime Minister’s Dowler/McCann test – Martin Moore

14 08 2012

In July, prompted by Section 21 orders from Lord Justice Leveson, many of the UK’s big news organisations offered qualified support for the plan put forward by Lord Black and Lord Hunt for a new system of press self-regulation based on contract law (though none have signed up to it yet). Read the rest of this entry »





News: Leveson Inquiry sittings: the last day of Part One

25 07 2012

The Leveson Inquiry has had its final hearing in its inquiry into “the culture, practices, and ethics of the press”.   The first hearing was on 6 September 2011 and the Inquiry has has received evidence in 26 weeks of sittings.    Lord Justice Leveson now has the summer to write his report on Part 1 of his inquiry. Read the rest of this entry »








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