Poland: The Public, The Government And The Media – Beata Klimkiewicz

11 02 2016

bea-kl-150x150Recent media regulatory changes in Poland elicited strong reactions from international institutions and the European Union. In his letter to the Polish President Andrzej Duda, Thorbjørn Jagland, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, expressed particular concern about the new law “and the impact it may have on the integrity and independence of public service media, as a vital condition for genuine democracy”. Dunja Miljatović, OSCE Representative on the Freedom of the Media, warned that the controversial new Act gives the Government “direct control over management positions in the PSB.” On 13 January, the European Commission took an unprecedented move to launch an investigation into the rule of law in Poland. Read the rest of this entry »





Can the new Charter Protect BBC Independence? – Damian Tambini

3 02 2016

BBC2016 is set to be a significant year for the BBC, with a new settlement on the Royal Charter that underpins the Corporation’s governance and funding arrangements due to be agreed. As part of its policy work in this area, LSE’s Media Policy Project has published a number of blog posts on the topic of the Charter Review, hosted a public event on BBC future funding, and organised aworkshop on the BBC’s governance. In this blog post, Damian Tambini tackles the issue of BBC independence, arguing that the process of policy reform is itself as important to consider as the policy outcomes themselves. Read the rest of this entry »





Why new regulator could be a game-changing moment for journalism – Steven Barnett

23 01 2016

You are unlikely to read about it about in the mainstream press, but this week saw a major step forward for genuinely independent press regulation in the UK. The new press regulator IMPRESS (Independent Monitor for the Press) has announced that it has not only signed up a dozen publishers but that it has submitted an application for formal recognition. This will now be assessed by the Press Recognition Panel (PRP), the wholly independent body established by cross-party agreement. Read the rest of this entry »





People v Murdoch, Part 2, Engagement – Press Gang

21 01 2016

murdoch-v-the-people-2LAST WEEK there were two major announcements about Rupert Murdoch. On Tuesday the Times revealed he was engaged to fellow American citizen Jerry Hall. They’re planning a marriage. On the same day Press Gang asked Ofcom to hold an inquiry into the media mogul’s fitness to hold the Sky TV licence. We’re planning a divorce. Read the rest of this entry »





People v Murdoch, Part One, Fightback, Press Gang Launches a new campaign

12 01 2016

Press Gang MurdochAT THE beginning of 2016 Rupert Murdoch once again dominates British media.  David Cameron is back on side. Juries have refused to convict Sun journalists of bribing corrupt police officers. The threat of a tough new media regulator has all but vanished. In September Murdoch felt strong enough to rehabilitate his beloved Rebekah Brooks. In December the most dangerous threat — the possibility of corporate charges — was lifted. Read the rest of this entry »





Investigatory Powers Bill, Bulk Personal Datasets and the ‘Spectre’ of Pervasive Surveillance – Alison Knight

30 12 2015

man-1071773__180Much has been written about the UK government’s proposed new Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB) since it was published for consultation by the Home Office, and formally presented to Parliament, early last month. Read the rest of this entry »





Some things old, some things new: A clause-by-clause review of the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill – Investigatory Powers Research Group

27 12 2015

gchq1Soon after the publication of the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill in November, a number of privacy, surveillance and freedom of expression specialist academics and practitioners gathered at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies to discuss the detail and the main issues. Read the rest of this entry »








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