Mazher Mahmood Trial: Day 1, Prosecution opens case but defence queries police account – James Doleman

23 09 2016

jamesdoleman_dvdlpp9-jpg-600x600_q85After two days of legal argument on 21 September 2016 the prosecution opened their case against News International journalist Mazher Mahmood calling him “the master of deceit.”

Sarah Forshaw QC, the lead prosecution barrister, told the jury that the case stemmed from a 2013 investigation by Mahmood on behalf of the Sun on Sunday targeting singer and former X-Factor presenter Tulisa Contostavlos. Read the rest of this entry »





Press and Counter-Press: Can publishers avoid the financial consequences of their choice to be regulated by IPSO? – Simon Carne

21 09 2016

NewspapersIn a free society, a vital ingredient is a strong press – strong enough to speak truth to power. But when the press, itself, is a source of power, who is strong enough to speak truth back to them? Read the rest of this entry »





Mirror, mirror on the wall; will this press arbitration scheme do any good at all? – Amber Melville-Brown

11 08 2016

Leveson ReportOnce upon a time, a long, long time ago, there was an investigation into press behaviour. Sir Brian Leveson heard from witnesses, tale upon tale of poor press conduct, and ultimately issued a plethora of sensible recommendations for press regulation with a view to ensure that the watchdog and bloodhound of society that is the press, could no longer savage the rights and reputations of the public. Read the rest of this entry »





Brexit and the Tragic Downfall of British Media – Steven Barnett

9 07 2016

Newspapers BrexitThere is a conceit among many senior editors in the U.K. that Britain has “the best journalism in the world.” At its best, certainly, British journalism is very good indeed. From the sober analysis of the Financial Times and the Economist to the tub-thumping of the tabloid press to the BBC’s worldwide reputation for accuracy and impartiality, the British public has access to a healthy mixture of domestic, foreign, and investigative reporting. On many occasions, democracy has been well served by journalists here who make important stories accessible and hold power to account. Read the rest of this entry »





Did the UK’s newspapers swing it for Brexit? – Jonathan Heawood

30 06 2016

sun-queen-backs-brexitOn the face of it, democracy is the ultimate self-regulatory system. Don’t like your government? Elect a new one. Don’t like the European Union? Vote to leave. The people have their say, and our institutions are forced to listen. But this does not mean that democracy is a free-for-all. Without rules, the odds would be stacked in favour of the most powerful players and the loudest voices. Freedom for the pike would be death for the minnows. Read the rest of this entry »





Another one-eyed fable from the corporate press – Brian Cathcart

24 05 2016

NewspapersThe corporate papers that are determined to resist Leveson-based reform are currently playing what they evidently consider to be their strongest card, and it is this: “If the changes are implemented as promised, a publication that is sued for libel and wins its case will be forced to pay the costs of the losing side”. Read the rest of this entry »





Leveson Report showed only the tip of the iceberg on tabloid abuse of the press – Jonathan Coad

3 05 2016

image-20160427-30950-10ckm6The reminder that the Hillsborough inquiry gave us of the appalling role that The Sun played in the trauma and heartbreak of the families of the victims is a good moment to remember that it is (amongst other Fleet St Goliaths) The Sun that insists that it be permitted to regulate itself. Read the rest of this entry »