The Media’s Attack on Corbyn: Research Shows Barrage of Negative Coverage – Media Reform Coalition

28 11 2015

corbyn_coverage-360x222New research by the Media Reform Coalition shows how large sections of the press appeared to set out systematically to undermine Jeremy Corbyn in his first week as Labour Leader with a barrage of overwhelmingly negative coverage. Read the rest of this entry »

Politics versus public interest in battle over press regulation – Steven Barnett

6 11 2015

NewspapersFor anyone who cares about journalism in Britain, this November is hugely significant. It could mark a new era of genuinely effective press self-regulation which will both shore up vital public interest and watchdog journalism and protect ordinary people from mistreatment by powerful news publishers. Read the rest of this entry »

Leveson Costs Incentives, Cries of Foul from the Dirtiest Players on the Pitch – Jonathan Coad

28 10 2015

Guy Black takes his seat in the House of LordsHowls of outrage from the press led by Lord Black have apparently persuaded the government to withdraw its statutory stick in the form the Crime and Courts Act 2013 which was passed by our elected representatives to prevail on the press belatedly to join the democratic community and be independently regulated. Read the rest of this entry »

Is Cameron surrendering to press power? – Steven Barnett

23 10 2015

National NewspapersTwo years ago, as most of the UK’s national press were furiously denouncing plans for a new model of self-regulation based on the recommendations of the Leveson report, the Guardian’s Martin Kettle wrote a powerful piece about where power lies in British politics. Read the rest of this entry »

IPSO: Still less for your comfort, another speech by Sir Alan Moses – Jonathan Coad

16 10 2015

Moses-image-3At the end of the Leveson Inquiry, at which only a small proportion of the serial institutional wrongdoing committed by the press was brought to light, the industry was presented with a straight choice.  It could take account of the clearly expressed aspirations of the general public and its elected representatives and create a genuinely independent regulatory body compliant with the reasonable and moderate recommendations of Sir Brian Leveson. Read the rest of this entry »

IPSO set up to fail even more dismally than its predecessor – Jonathan Coad

13 10 2015

IPSOVSPCCThe PCC was belatedly consigned to the dustbin of history when it was finally so obvious that it was a failed regulator (as was always its purpose) that even the press finally had to admit it.  From that point the press will have begun the process of replacing it with an entity which was as institutionally bound to fail as its predecessor – ideally with a cloak of respectability derived from hiring high profile individuals who would then be prepared for a healthy salary to participate in the same confidence trick that comprised the PCC.  Read the rest of this entry »

IPSO, the Daily Telegraph and Anti-Semitism – Evan Harris

8 10 2015

Jeremy-Corbyn-009Earlier this week IPSO publicised its ruling on a complaint by Ivan Lewis MP about a front page news story headlined “Labour grandees round on ‘anti-Semite’ Corbyn,” which reported falsely that Mr Lewis had accused Mr Corbyn of being anti-semitic. Read the rest of this entry »


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