Consultation on Leveson: the Press has no case at all – Brian Cathcart

6 12 2016

presentation1The Government has launched a public consultation on ‘The Leveson Inquiry and its Implementation’. You might think that when they consult in this way it must be a thorny issue with strong arguments on both sides, but in this case you would be wrong, because one side has no arguments at all. Read the rest of this entry »





Max Mosley: Why I think that the Leveson model makes sense for everyone

18 11 2016

mosley-levesonThe great majority of newspapers seem determined not to belong to a Leveson-compliant regulator. They say this would amount to state control. But are they right? The Press Recognition Panel is significantly further from politics and government than the Judicial Appointments Commission, yet most would agree the state does not control the judiciary. Read the rest of this entry »





The Martyrdom of Press Freedom: What Recognition of IMPRESS means and why the press fears It – Paul Wragg

13 11 2016

impress2xPress regulation is changing.  On 29 October 2016, IMPRESS was officially recognised as the UK’s first ‘Leveson-compliant’ regulator.  This is a momentous occasion.  But recognition has been met with uniform hostility from the mainstream press.  The Daily Mail was not alone in decrying the event as an end to 300 years of press freedomRead the rest of this entry »





News: Culture Secretary announces consultation on Leveson 2 and Section 40

1 11 2016

karen-bradleyThe Culture Secretary, Karen Bradley, has today made a statement on matters relating press regulation and announced a consultation on Part 2 of the Leveson Inquiry and the commencement of section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013. Read the rest of this entry »





Ian Hislop is right: Murdoch’s cosy relationship with Tories should be investigated

1 11 2016

The reciprocal closeness in the relationship between journalism and power is a prominent feature of British political history. In times of war or national crisis, media organisations are expected more often than not to behave as if they were an arm of government – but, for the newspapers of Rupert Murdoch, this close relationship seems to have become business as usual, whoever is living in Number 10. And the willingness of various governments to yield to Rupert Murdoch’s news empire has been exhaustively documented. Read the rest of this entry »





The Press and Section 40: Roy Greenslade and the Nightmare Scenario – Brian Cathcart

28 10 2016

professor-roy-greenslade-professor-of-journalism-london-city-university-image-1In the long history of special pleading by our corporate national newspapers, the nightmare scenario has played a distinguished role. Few ideas entailing even the slightest change or inconvenience for proprietors and editors have escaped this end-of-civilisation-as-we-know-it treatment. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Press Recognition Panel recognises Impress as an independent press regulator

25 10 2016

impress2xThe independent Press Recognition Panel (“PRP”) has today approved IMPRESS as an independent self-regulator of the press.  At a public board meeting today, the PRP grant recognition to IMPRESS as a regulator within the meaning of the Royal Charter on the Self-Regulation of the Press [pdf]. Read the rest of this entry »