What is Press Regulation? – Six Different Models

28 11 2012

The media and political world is eagerly awaiting tomorrow’s report of Part 1 of the Leveson Inquiry into the Culture, Practice and Ethics of the Press.   The phrase “press regulation” is used in a variety of different senses.  Very often, those involved in the debates talk past each other because they are talking about different types of regulation.   This post deals with six different models of press regulation that have figured in the current debate.  Read the rest of this entry »


Journalisted, week ending 25 November 2012, EU Budget, Gaza ceasefire and Catalonia independence

28 11 2012

Journalisted is an independent, not-for-profit website built to make it easier for the public, to find out more about journalists and what they write about. It is run by the Media Standards Trust. It collects information automatically from the websites of British news outlets. Articles are indexed by journalist, based on the byline to the article. Keywords and statistics are automatically generated, and the site searches for any blogs or social bookmarking sites linking to each article. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Opinion Poll, overwhelming support for independent press regulation

28 11 2012

A YouGov poll commissioned by the Media Standards Trust has found overwhelming public support for a new system of independent regulation, established by law. When asked how newspapers in Britain should be regulated, 79% chose the option “There should be an independent press regulator, established by law, which deals with complaints and decides what sanctions there should be if journalists break agreed codes of conduct”. Only 9% believe that newspapers should establish their own body to do this. Read the rest of this entry »

Opinion: Press regulation is about protecting the powerless

28 11 2012

On Thursday 22 November 2012, Fraser Nelson, the editor of the Spectator, wrote a piece on the Telegraph calling on the Prime Minister not to give in to demands for statutory regulation but to preserve Britain’s “317-year tradition of press freedom”. But his article fumbles the issues of power involved in the question of press regulation.

Nelson’s narrative is that journalists and politicians are at war, with the rebellious energy and noble disrespect of the press corps pitched against politicians eager to clamp down on any criticism: Read the rest of this entry »