Mainstream news media have earned the distrust they complain of – Brian Cathcart

12 08 2017

‘Can you trust the mainstream media?’ asks the very mainstream Observer in a 5,000-word analysis by Andrew Harrison, and then it supplies the answer, pretty resoundingly: ‘Yes, you can!’ Read the rest of this entry »

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Victims or Villains: is the freedom of the press under threat? – Julie Doughty

3 06 2017

This was the question for debate at Cardiff University School of Journalism on 24 May, an event originally envisaged as a discussion on the possible implementation of section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 as a threat to the freedom of the press or, alternatively, an opportunity for those wronged by the media to find justice. Read the rest of this entry »





The Tories hand the press their get-out-of-jail-free card – Brian Cathcart

18 05 2017

The Conservative election manifesto [pdf] reveals with absolute clarity the depth of Theresa May’s subservience to the billionaire-owned, Brexit-backing corporate national press. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking, Don’t let them fool you, most victims were not famous – Brian Cathcart

27 04 2017

It has become routine: another batch of phone hacking victims win compensation from a newspaper and the story is reported (where it is reported at all) as if only celebrities were involved.  Read the rest of this entry »





News: Judge rejects bid to challenge “seriously unfair” press regulation consultation – Media Lawyer

21 03 2017

A phone hacking victim has lost a High Court bid to challenge a “seriously unfair” Government consultation exercise on press regulation. Former Crimewatch presenter Jacqui Hames failed to persuade a judge that she had an “arguable” case which should be aired at a full judicial review hearing. Read the rest of this entry »





Data Protection: Pre-publication claims and section 32(4), the case for disapplication – Hugh Tomlinson QC

28 02 2017

privacySection 32 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (“the DPA”) contains a curious provision apparently designed to prevent “pre-publication” claims where unpublished journalistic, literary or artistic material is involved.  There is no basis for this provision in the Data Protection Directive  (“the Directive”) and it appears to be inconsistent with the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and a clear candidate for disapplication. Read the rest of this entry »





Culture Media and Sport Select Committee unanimously defies the corporate press on regulation – Brian Cathcart

25 02 2017

You may be forgiven if it escaped your notice (because once again the corporate press either ignored or misrepresented it), but last week an event of potentially fundamental importance took place in the long dispute over press regulation in this country. Read the rest of this entry »