Media Standards Trust: Election Unspun: Political parties, the press, and Twitter during the 2015 UK election campaign

7 07 2015

ElectionUnspun-Cover-e1435771126164-128x125The Media Standards Trust has published Election Unspun: Political parties, the press, and Twitter during the 2015 UK election campaign. [pdf] This is a data-driven analysis of mainstream media coverage and political actors and influencers on twitter during the UK 2015 election campaign. Read the rest of this entry »





Why Leveson is alive and well, despite the election result – Steven Barnett

30 05 2015

Leveson reportIt has become something of a received wisdom amongst Fleet Street editors that the Conservatives’ election victory means “Leveson is dead”.  Their unalloyed glee has been fuelled by a few Conservative nods and winks during the campaign suggesting that, despite a framework for press self-regulation that has was endorsed by a huge cross-party majority in the last Parliament, a Conservative government would not pursue it. Or, in the words of former Culture Secretary Sajid Javid: “Our job is done as a government. It’s up to the press.Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Department of Health v. Information Commissioner, Judge criticises “secretive culture” of public service – Mike Dodd

28 05 2015

Andrew-Lansley-NHS-uk-newA High Court judge has criticised the “secretive culture of the public service” and strongly criticised the evidence given by two senior civil servants in a freedom of information battle over the ministerial diary of former health secretary Andrew Lansley. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Burundi Journalist’s Union v Attorney-General of Burundi, A positive judgment in the midst of a crisis – Jonathan McCully

21 05 2015

East African Court of JusticeOn 15 May 2015, the East African Court of Justice (the “EACJ”) delivered its judgment in Burundi Journalists Union v. The Attorney General of the Republic of Burundi, in which it considered Law No.1/11 (the “Press Law”) regulating the press, film and broadcasting sectors in Burundi. Read the rest of this entry »





Press regulation: the election issue ignored by the media – Natalie Fenton

19 05 2015

Press regulation dealMaybe it should come as no surprise that, in the aftermath of the hacking scandal and Leveson Inquiry, media policy was an election issue. Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party pledged substantive media reforms in their election manifestos. Read the rest of this entry »





Election 2015: It’s The Press Wot Won It? – Des Freedman

13 05 2015

It's_The_Sun_Wot_Won_ItHeading into the 1992 election, polls pointed towards a hung parliament. The Sun turned up the heat on election day with a front page asking that: ‘If Kinnock [the then Labour leader] wins today will the last person to leave Britain please turn out the lights.’ The Tories duly won the election with 42% of the popular vote leading Britain’s best-selling title to boast ‘It’s the Sun Wot Won It’. Read the rest of this entry »





Who cares about excessive concentration of media ownership? What do the Election Manifestos reveal? – Natalie Fenton

23 04 2015

papers_1523485cIn a recent article the Press Gazette pointed out that in 60% of the UK national newspaper market the election campaign coverage has been pro-Conservative compared to 33 % of prospective Tory voters. Research by the Media Standards Trust also points out that the Conservative party gets the most positive coverage in newspaper leader columns and Labour the most negative. Read the rest of this entry »








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