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 »





Press regulation: the election issue ignored by the media – Natalie Fenton

19 05 2015

Press regulation dealMaybe it should come as no surprise that, in the aftermath of the hacking scandal and Leveson Inquiry, media policy was an election issue. Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party pledged substantive media reforms in their election manifestos. Read the rest of this entry »





Election 2015: It’s The Press Wot Won It? – Des Freedman

13 05 2015

It's_The_Sun_Wot_Won_ItHeading into the 1992 election, polls pointed towards a hung parliament. The Sun turned up the heat on election day with a front page asking that: ‘If Kinnock [the then Labour leader] wins today will the last person to leave Britain please turn out the lights.’ The Tories duly won the election with 42% of the popular vote leading Britain’s best-selling title to boast ‘It’s the Sun Wot Won It’. Read the rest of this entry »





The IMPRESS Project, May 2015 Newsletter – Jonathan Heawood

9 05 2015

THE-IMPRESS-PROJECT-1Over the next five years, we will discover, among other things, Scotland’s future within the United Kingdom and the United Kingdom’s future within Europe. We will also discover the fate of independent self-regulation of the press. Read the rest of this entry »





The Editor’s Code and the General Election – Brian Cathcart

6 05 2015

Editors Code BookIf you ever doubt that the people who run our corporate national press view the British public with contempt, take a look at Clause 1(iii) of their professional code of practice. Read the rest of this entry »





IPSO: The Inconvenient Truth, Part Four – Jonathan Coad

6 05 2015

Murdoch and IPSOSo what are the human rights and legal imperatives which make it so vital that there is effective regulation of the press via the fourth incarnation of self-regulation which has been served up by the behemoths of Fleet St. – who would (if they had their) be permitted to operate entirely free of any legal or regulatory restraint whatsoever? Read the rest of this entry »








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