Hacked Off: Leveson Part 2, Refuting the Myths about the Inquiry

19 02 2017

we-want-the-truth-e1484065099964As part of a campaign in favour of the commencement of the promised Part 2 of the Leveson Inquiry into the “Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press” Hacked Off has published a document [pdf] refuting a number of the myths that have been promoted in the press concerning this Inquiry.  Read the rest of this entry »





Press companies ask Supreme Court to ensure only millionaires can sue them – Brian Cathcart

30 01 2017

Press on SaleSometimes, even after all these years of press lies and hypocrisy, the shamelessness of the big British newspaper companies can still take the breath away. Last week lawyers for the Murdoch, Mirror and Mail papers complained to the Supreme Court that costs in some media cases amounted to a ‘legal casino’ in which the bills could be so high that there was a ‘chilling effect’ on journalism. As a result, they argued, freedom of expression was endangered. Read the rest of this entry »





Our dishonest press is too powerful: it will use propaganda to stop proper regulation – Jonathan Coad

25 01 2017

brexit-speechDuring the Leveson Inquiry, there was, apparently, an intense David versus Goliath battle being fought by Fleet Street. Read the rest of this entry »





Arbitration for the press is necessary, but it must cover all media – Alastair Brett

24 01 2017

brettThe war between the government and the press over section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013, or rather between the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) and Impress, is artificial and wholly unnecessary. Read the rest of this entry »





Press regulation: three reasons why a 30 year old campaign must continue – Steven Barnett

19 01 2017

National NewspapersWith the government’s consultation on whether to proceed with the section 40 cost-shifting incentives of the Leveson framework now closed, there will be a brief political pause. Neither that consultation nor the intense political manoeuvring that is likely to follow should distract us from the long-standing and urgent need to tackle reform of press regulation in order to protect both the public and public interest journalism. Read the rest of this entry »





YouGov Poll: Public supports section 40 and the independent audit of press regulators

16 01 2017

The month long press campaign against section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 has failed to make any impact on public opinion with nearly half the public thinking that section 40 is a good idea, with only one in ten against. Read the rest of this entry »





Don’t believe what you read: section 40 will protect the local press, not kill it – Paul Wragg

14 01 2017

local-pressAnyone interested in journalism who has been reading the UK’s national press over the past week or two could be forgiven for thinking press freedom is in serious jeopardy. It’s one of those rare occasions when Fleet Street seems to speak as one. Read the rest of this entry »