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 »





‘Toothless’ press regulator is a busted flush, but genuine post-Leveson reform is still on the way – Steven Barnett

4 02 2015

PressAs criminal trials proceed against more journalists for alleged corrupt payments to public officials, and more evidence emerges about industrial-scale phone-hacking at Mirror Group newspapers, the Sun appears to have ratcheted up its “save our press freedom” mantra with a systematic attack on the Crown Prosecution Service. Read the rest of this entry »





Leveson and Murdoch: Hypocrisy and the Protection of Journalists – Evan Harris

27 01 2015

Leveson-inquiryNick Cohen has many qualities as a polemical writer and orator and is a fierce defender of free expression. We have fought many battles on the same side, not least blasphemy abolition, against an over-broad religious hatred law, and libel reform, but he is wrong about Leveson and about the Hacked Off campaign for a free and accountable press. Read the rest of this entry »





Beyond Parody, Mackenzie and Murdoch cast themselves as consumer champions – Brian Cathcart

16 01 2015

kelvinmackenzieKelvin MacKenzie and Rupert Murdoch have taken an initiative that is beyond parody: they have set up a consumer complaint website whose aim, according to the former Sun editor, is ‘to force companies and politicians to do the right thing’. Read the rest of this entry »








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