Why IMPRESS is Seeking Recognition as an Independent Press Regulator – Walter Merricks

22 05 2015

waltermerricksAs soon as I was appointed Chair of IMPRESS, people asked me whether we would be seeking recognition under the Royal Charter on Self-Regulation of the Press [pdf]. It would have been absurd for me to give an immediate answer. The IMPRESS Board was yet to be appointed, let alone to hold our first meeting. When we did meet for the first time, early this year, we agreed that we would hear what people had to say for and against the Charter before reaching a decision. Read the rest of this entry »





News: IMPRESS announces that it will seek recognition under the Royal Charter

20 05 2015

THE-IMPRESS-PROJECT-1IMPRESS, the Independent Monitor for the Press, has announced that it is preparing to seek recognition under the Royal Charter on Self-Regulation of the Press [pdf]. The Charter gives effect to the principles of independent and effective regulation defined by Lord Justice Leveson after his groundbreaking inquiry into press standards. Read the rest of this entry »





Elveden and the merits of independent scrutiny – Brian Cathcart

3 05 2015

The Old Bailey, London, England, UKLeader writers and columnists are delighted that charges have been dropped against a number of journalists caught up in the Operation Eleven corrupt payment investigation, following earlier acquittals in similar cases. Read the rest of this entry »





Hacked Off: New Poll shows public wants legislation to implement Leveson

25 04 2015

Opinon PollA YouGov poll of 1717 adults taken over 11-12 April 2015 for the Hacked Off Campaign has found that the public do not believe that press behaviour has improved since the phone hacking scandal, with almost 3 in 5 wanting tougher regulation of the press, and the same proportion wanting further Parliamentary action to deliver it. Read the rest of this entry »





Sir Alan Moses shows whose side he is on – Brian Cathcart

20 03 2015

Alan MosesThe chair of IPSO, the self-regulator set up by the big newspaper companies, delivered a lecture [pdf] last week at the London School of Economics on the future of press regulation. It was revealing in several respects. Read the rest of this entry »





How decent self-regulation could help prevent the kind of problems that forced Peter Oborne out of the Telegraph – Brian Cathcart

21 02 2015

Moses-image-3When newspapers hide the truth from their readers to avoid displeasing advertisers, as Peter Oborne alleges the Telegraph has done, they are not breaching the Editors’ Code of Practice. Read the rest of this entry »





Compromising anonymity, scapegoating ethnic minorities, and recklessly intruding into grief: how some newspapers have responded to Leveson – Daisy Cooper and Michelle Gribbon

10 02 2015

Scrambled-newspapersIn the wake of the Leveson Inquiry, several newspaper groups created a new self-regulator, the Independent Press Standards Organisation (“IPSO”) in place of the discredited Press Complaints Commission (“PCC”).  IPSO isn’t independent at all – like the PCC, it is funded and controlled by big newspaper groups – but editors talked up the new organisation. They claimed it would provide the toughest regime of press regulation in the world, and talked about million-pound fines. So are they really worried? Read the rest of this entry »








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