The Legacy of Leveson and a new era for journalism – Jonathan Heawood

3 10 2015

Lord Justice LevesonThe Press Recognition Panel, the body set up after the Leveson Inquiry to give life to a new system of press regulation, has opened its doors for business. This is good news for the press and the public alike. If a press regulator is recognised by this body, it will be able to offer British journalists effective protection from the chilling effects of bullying litigation and also protect the public by requiring news publishers to adhere to a framework of accountability. Read the rest of this entry »

Government fragments data protection policy and leaves Leveson’s data protection recommendations to rot – Chris Pounder

30 09 2015

DCMSThe transfer of responsibility for data protection policy to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is a really bad idea.  It fragments responsibility for data protection policy across three Departments of State and risks reducing the protection afforded to data subjects.  Important data protection recommendations from Leveson will be shelved.  This blog explains why. Read the rest of this entry »

IPSO Chief Executive descends to double speak in an attempt to mask its failure – Jonathan Coad

28 09 2015

Murdoch and IPSOAt the Protecting the Media conference on 24 September 2015 one of the speakers was the IPSO Chief Executive, Matt Tee. He was given a slot to make his case that IPSO was fit for purpose as a genuinely independent and effective regulator. Despite the assumption that he had crafted the best possible case for this proposition, what emerged was further cogent evidence to the contrary. Read the rest of this entry »

Leveson is happening at last: good news for everyone and a great opportunity for journalism – Brian Cathcart

22 09 2015

Leveson reportIt has been a long time coming, but the first of the big reforms recommended by the Leveson Inquiry is finally going to happen, and that is good news for all of us because it means greatly enhanced access to justice in some cases where our legal rights may have been breached. Read the rest of this entry »

Hacked Off: IPSO Year One, no regulation, no arbitration, no investigations, no independent auditing, weak excuses from the Chief Executive – Evan Harris

11 09 2015

IPSO-is-a-shamThe so-called Independent Press Standards Organisation, IPSO, was one year old this week.  It was set up in defiance of the recommendations of the Leveson Inquiry, of the views of victims, the general public and of Parliament. Read the rest of this entry »

The toddler of press regulation hits the ‘terrible twos’ – Amber Melville-Brown

8 09 2015

Terrible TwosToday is the one year anniversary of IPSO, the Independent Press Standards Organisation. It was set up after the Leveson report found that under the self-regulation system, the press had for years, decades, been ‘marking its own homework’. Read the rest of this entry »

Hacked Off: Opinion poll, damning verdict on IPSO after its first year

8 09 2015

IPSOSHAMPOSTER-2Hacked Off has published the results of a YouGov opinion poll which showed that  two thirds of the general public (66%) say they have little or no confidence in IPSO, the regulator set up by the press in defiance of the recommendations of the Leveson Inquiry, endorsed by all parties in parliament. Read the rest of this entry »


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