How decent self-regulation could help prevent the kind of problems that forced Peter Oborne out of the Telegraph – Brian Cathcart

21 02 2015

Moses-image-3When newspapers hide the truth from their readers to avoid displeasing advertisers, as Peter Oborne alleges the Telegraph has done, they are not breaching the Editors’ Code of Practice. Read the rest of this entry »





The Press as Victim: it does not wash – Brian Cathcart

13 02 2015

papersHave a look at the website of the Press Gazette, the trade publication. Read the output of some newspaper media columnists. Follow commentary on recent court cases. You will soon see that the press industry in the UK considers itself a victim, relentlessly oppressed by the state, the courts, the rich, the powerful and the politically correct. Read the rest of this entry »





Compromising anonymity, scapegoating ethnic minorities, and recklessly intruding into grief: how some newspapers have responded to Leveson – Daisy Cooper and Michelle Gribbon

10 02 2015

Scrambled-newspapersIn the wake of the Leveson Inquiry, several newspaper groups created a new self-regulator, the Independent Press Standards Organisation (“IPSO”) in place of the discredited Press Complaints Commission (“PCC”).  IPSO isn’t independent at all – like the PCC, it is funded and controlled by big newspaper groups – but editors talked up the new organisation. They claimed it would provide the toughest regime of press regulation in the world, and talked about million-pound fines. So are they really worried? Read the rest of this entry »





‘Toothless’ press regulator is a busted flush, but genuine post-Leveson reform is still on the way – Steven Barnett

4 02 2015

PressAs criminal trials proceed against more journalists for alleged corrupt payments to public officials, and more evidence emerges about industrial-scale phone-hacking at Mirror Group newspapers, the Sun appears to have ratcheted up its “save our press freedom” mantra with a systematic attack on the Crown Prosecution Service. Read the rest of this entry »





Beyond Parody, Mackenzie and Murdoch cast themselves as consumer champions – Brian Cathcart

16 01 2015

kelvinmackenzieKelvin MacKenzie and Rupert Murdoch have taken an initiative that is beyond parody: they have set up a consumer complaint website whose aim, according to the former Sun editor, is ‘to force companies and politicians to do the right thing’. Read the rest of this entry »





Media and Law Review of the Year, 2014: Part 3, Press Regulation; IPSO, IMPRESS and a Recognition Panel, – Tessa Evans

6 01 2015

2014 yearIn 2014 the slow process of Leveson implementation continued with the constitution of the Recognition Panel and the continuing development of IMPRESS.  Meanwhile, the press continued its policy of delay and refusal to implement the Leveson recommendations.  Read the rest of this entry »





Ending 2014 in Media Policy: out of one election into another – Sally Broughton Micova

24 12 2014

LSE Media Policy ProjectThe big European event of the year was, of course, the election of the new European Parliament and Commission. The interruption of the elections left us waiting for the outcome of the Commission’s consultation on copyright, which received a record number of responses and should lead to a proposal for changes to EU rules. The proposed changes to EU data protection legislation were also on hold. Read the rest of this entry »








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