Hearing no evil: the IPSO panel covers its ears – Brian Cathcart

27 02 2014

Sir Hayden PhillipsHaving refused to meet Hacked Off, Sir Hayden Phillips, the man in charge of appointments to the big press groups’ planned son-of-PCC, now wants to opt out of email correspondence with Hacked Off and victims of press abuses. Read the rest of this entry »

Hacked Off: How the Telegraph, Mail and Times have helped reduce press freedom in the UK – Evan Harris

19 02 2014

TimesTelegraph GuardianMail GuardianThe organisation Reporters Without Borders produces an annual World Press Freedom Index ranking pretty much every country in the world for the degree of freedom enjoyed by its press. Read the rest of this entry »

Hacked Off: How PCC ‘resolutions’ resolve things for the editors and not the public

15 02 2014

PCCIf you complain to the Press Complaints Commission (soon to be rebranded as IPSO), one of the least likely consequences is that the Commissioners will adjudicate on the question of whether you are right and the Code has been breached, and if so what the paper should do to make amends. Read the rest of this entry »

Hacked Off: The Daily Mail- PCC Code Breacher Of The Year

13 02 2014

mail_leveson_frontWhen the publishers of the Daily Mail saw a chart showing that theirs was by far the most complained-about paper in 2013, they took exception. The chart, they said, gave a “wildly inaccurate” picture of the number of Mail stories “about which the PCC received valid complaints”. Read the rest of this entry »

Hacked Off: How the PCC helps the Daily Mail and others avoid censure

11 02 2014

PCCEd-Miliband-Daily-MailAfter the Press Complaints Commission chair, Lord Hunt, and its director, Michael McManus, struggled to answer MPs’ questions last month about the most complained-about newspapers, we published our own table based on the PCC’s own Monthly Complaint Summaries for 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

Opinion: It is the press bosses, Mrs Miller, who are being destructive – Brian Cathcart

19 12 2013

Maria MillerMaria Miller, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, has attacked Hacked Off in Parliament. She did not mince her words. In her view we are ‘quite a destructive force’, ‘deeply unhelpful’ and we ‘created a great deal of bad will’. Read the rest of this entry »

Time for the newspaper bosses to listen – Brian Cathcart

31 10 2013

Newspaper standHacked Off has pointed out many times recently that the big newspaper groups are isolated and in denial. One of the most striking aspects of their present position is that there seems to be nobody to whom they will listen. Read the rest of this entry »

Why the big newspaper groups hate the Royal Charter – Brian Cathcart

25 10 2013

General Stock - NewspapersThe Telegraph and Mail papers and the Murdoch press are unrelenting in their opposition to the Leveson reforms, as embodied in the Royal Charter on the press. Although concession after concession has been made in the effort to accommodate them it makes no difference: they just say no. Read the rest of this entry »

Hacked Off: A letter to the Queen that its authors should be ashamed of

24 10 2013

hacked-off-logoSeven international media organisations wrote to the Queen yesterday to say that she should block the Royal Charter on the press that has been endorsed by all parties in Parliament and is due to be ‘granted‘ at a Privy Council session next Wednesday. The letter is ill-informed and misguided. Below is the text with our commentary in red italics. Read the rest of this entry »

For the Public Benefit: Why Everyone Should Back the Royal Charter on Press Self-Regulation – Brian Cathcart

15 10 2013

Press regulation dealMuch of the press has wildly misread the public mood on press reform. After a weekend of Leveson-bashing and breathless attacks on the Royal Charter agreed by parliament, a new poll conducted by YouGov for the Media Standards Trust and reported in the Guardian shows public backing for the judge’s reform to be as strong as ever. Read the rest of this entry »


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