Press regulation: three reasons why a 30 year old campaign must continue – Steven Barnett

19 01 2017

National NewspapersWith the government’s consultation on whether to proceed with the section 40 cost-shifting incentives of the Leveson framework now closed, there will be a brief political pause. Neither that consultation nor the intense political manoeuvring that is likely to follow should distract us from the long-standing and urgent need to tackle reform of press regulation in order to protect both the public and public interest journalism. Read the rest of this entry »





YouGov Poll: Public supports section 40 and the independent audit of press regulators

16 01 2017

The month long press campaign against section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 has failed to make any impact on public opinion with nearly half the public thinking that section 40 is a good idea, with only one in ten against. Read the rest of this entry »





Don’t believe what you read: section 40 will protect the local press, not kill it – Paul Wragg

14 01 2017

local-pressAnyone interested in journalism who has been reading the UK’s national press over the past week or two could be forgiven for thinking press freedom is in serious jeopardy. It’s one of those rare occasions when Fleet Street seems to speak as one. Read the rest of this entry »





The Section 40 debate shows just how much our press needs a proper regulator – Simon Carne

13 01 2017

Local NewspapersIn recent weeks, the press has bombarded its readers with warnings that the Government is threatening to impose financial penalties on publishers if they do not sign-up to the regulator, IMPRESS. This is utterly misleading on so many levels. Read the rest of this entry »





Where now for media reform in the UK? – Damian Tambini

11 01 2017

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The Leveson Catch 22: responsibility for delivering tough regulation of the press and a new framework on media ownership lay with a Parliament and a government that reformers agreed was under the boot of the press and therefore unlikely to deliver them.  Leveson himself worried about the ‘megaphone’ with which the press could influence policy debate. Read the rest of this entry »





A Response to the Leveson Consultation, Part 6: The Public Benefits of Section 40 – Brian Cathcart

11 01 2017

LevesonThis is the sixth part of a response to the government consultation which concluded today.  It deals with the benefits of Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 for the public and the press. Read the rest of this entry »





YouGov Poll: 57% favour tougher press regulation, 59% have no confidence in press regulation established by the newspapers

10 01 2017

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Despite a one-sided propaganda campaign by the press to turn their readers against the Leveson reforms, a new YouGov poll [pdf] suggests that the vast majority of the public continue to want tougher regulation of the press, support the full package of  reforms and have no faith in the regulator set up by the newspapers. Read the rest of this entry »