The Press itself is a vital election issue – Brian Cathcart

6 04 2015

PressA front-page lead (‘Lib Dems seek US-style first amendment‘) and on the same day a leading article (‘Press attacks on Labour are not new. . .‘): in this election the media themselves are clearly part of the debate. Read the rest of this entry »





Dicing with death: the sensational reporting of suicide and death to sell newspapers – Daisy Cooper

28 03 2015

NewspapersThe daily newspapers in February made for sombre reading. There were five stories, comprising 13 articles, where editors used instances of suicide and death to sell papers. Read the rest of this entry »





Hacked Off: Launch of IPSO Watch initiative to monitor the work and decisions of IPSO

25 03 2015

IPSO WatchSix months on from the press regulator IPSO starting work, Hacked Off has launched “IPSO WATCH” to act as a voice for newspaper consumers who have complained about press coverage and got nowhere. Read the rest of this entry »





Nought For Your Comfort: Sir Alan Moses’ speech to the LSE Media Policy Project – Jonathan Coad

24 03 2015

JonathanCoadWhen I read of the appointment of Sir Alan Moses to the vital role as chairman of IPSO, as a media lawyer I felt an inevitable sense of optimism.  I hoped that the gross intellectual dishonesty which characterised so many of the PCC’s adjudications (some of which I have then had to turn around via the legal process) would come to an end.  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 »





Moses’ theory for IPSO: less independence, not more – Damian Tambini

17 03 2015

Sir Alan MosesLast week at the LSE Alan Moses offered a spirited and entertaining defence [pdf] of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). As a theoretical justification of his approach to IPSO however, it is dangerous, because he proposes a regulator that is far too enmeshed with the newspapers it should hold to account. Read the rest of this entry »





Future of BBC should not be left to this committee of MPs – Steven Barnett

28 02 2015

BBCWith the BBC’s Charter due to expire at the end of next year, and the coalition reluctant to start the consultation ball rolling so close to May’s general election, it was entirely appropriate that the Culture, Media and Sport select committee should produce its own report to influence the process. Read the rest of this entry »








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