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 »





The Challenges facing Sir Alan Moses – Martin Moore

11 05 2014

Sir Alan MosesIn his short statement accepting his appointment as Chair of IPSO (the ‘Independent Press Standards Organisation‘), Sir Alan Moses uses the word ‘independent’ or ‘independence’ five times. ‘The public and the press are entitled to a successful system of independent regulation‘ he says. Read the rest of this entry »





Using the rhetoric of press freedom to thwart free speech – Martin Moore

20 12 2013

BBCpress-620x410It rarely takes long, in arguments about free speech, before someone refers to John Milton or John Stuart Mill. Most of us remember one particularly strong defence of free speech made in both Milton’s Areopagatica and Mill’s On Liberty. Any attempt to censor, suppress or constrain free speech, Milton and Mill argue, denies people access to the truth. Read the rest of this entry »





The topsy–turvy world of newspaper regulation and government spies – Martin Moore

28 11 2013

At the Mad Hatter’s tea party in Alice and Wonderland the March Hare upbraids Alice for claiming she can solve a riddle:“ Do you mean that you think you can find out the answer to it?” said the March Hare. “Exactly so,”  said Alice.“Then you should say what you mean,” the March Hare went on.

I do,” Alice hastily replied; “at least – at least I mean what I say – that’s the same thing, you know.Read the rest of this entry »





The Mail and intrusion into grief: an isolated incident? – Martin Moore

5 10 2013

Daily_Mail_clock,_closeupPCCWhen a Mail on Sunday journalist intruded on a private memorial service for Ed Miliband’s uncle the editor of the Mail on Sunday, Geordie Grieg, apologised and suspended two journalists. It was a ‘terrible lapse of judgment’ he wrote, and said that it was ‘completely contrary to the values and editorial standards of the Mail on Sunday’. Read the rest of this entry »





The two faces of the press on regulation of private investigators – Martin Moore

7 08 2013

What price privacy now?The press defended private investigators (“PIs”) from regulation, then turned around and asked why they hadn’t been regulated. As an example, of the latter, on 25 July 2013 Tom Harper wrote in the Independent: Read the rest of this entry »





Newspaper Editors and Leveson, An Analysis of the ‘Delaunay Deal’

7 12 2012

The-Delaunay-London-WC2-006This week it was reported that the editors of the national newspapers had made great strides towards accepting the vast majority of Leveson’s recommendations. The Guardian reported that the broadsheet and tabloid editors ‘agreed at a breakfast summit to 40 of Leveson’s first 47 proposals – paving the way for the creation of a new regulator with powers to levy fines of up to £1m’. Read the rest of this entry »








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