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 »





Breaking the election silence: cross-border reporting of election day polls – Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC and Jonathan Price

18 05 2017

Last week, as French voters went to the polls to choose their new president, the usual 32-hour period of enforced electoral silence fell throughout the Republic. In France, just as in the UK, candidates and their supporters are banned from campaigning, and the media is forbidden from reporting results, or even estimates of results such as opinion polls or exit polls, or from carrying campaigners’ statements.   Read the rest of this entry »





The General Election: a further test for IPSO which it will fail – Jonathan Coad

25 04 2017

Almost all the most powerful elements of Fleet Street will line up behind Mrs May in the run-up to the next election – and indeed they have already begun the process of doing so. As for the voting public, they are reliant on (inter alia) Fleet Street to help them make their voting decisions. The grandees of Fleet Street will be considering whether their titles are likely to be held to account in a way that they care about if it misleads voting public on key electoral issues.  The answer to that question is; almost certainly not. Read the rest of this entry »





Press accuracy and the election: what IPSO won’t do – Brian Cathcart

22 04 2017

Here are five things that IPSO, the chosen regulator of the corporate press, could do right now, before election campaigning gets under way: Read the rest of this entry »





Where Speech Goes, Repression Follows: The Global Trend of Criminalizing Online Speech – Nani Jansen Reventlow and Jonathan McCully

10 04 2017

As the next billion people move online, governments worldwide are adopting legislation that curtails free expression rights on the internet. Pushing back against this trend is important to safeguard one of the most fundamental freedoms. 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 »