Press and Counter-Press: Can publishers avoid the financial consequences of their choice to be regulated by IPSO? – Simon Carne

21 09 2016

NewspapersIn a free society, a vital ingredient is a strong press – strong enough to speak truth to power. But when the press, itself, is a source of power, who is strong enough to speak truth back to them? Read the rest of this entry »





We need a new kind of press regulator for a new kind of press – Emma Jones

23 08 2016

NewspapersReaders are said to be resistant to it. The newspaper industry certainly doesn’t want it. Mad really, given that news is all about change. If only times hadn’t changed. Read the rest of this entry »





Mirror, mirror on the wall; will this press arbitration scheme do any good at all? – Amber Melville-Brown

11 08 2016

Leveson ReportOnce upon a time, a long, long time ago, there was an investigation into press behaviour. Sir Brian Leveson heard from witnesses, tale upon tale of poor press conduct, and ultimately issued a plethora of sensible recommendations for press regulation with a view to ensure that the watchdog and bloodhound of society that is the press, could no longer savage the rights and reputations of the public. Read the rest of this entry »





Facing a hostile press, Jeremy Corbyn can’t win: he could at least try – Justin Lewis

9 08 2016

image-20160804-505-1ixjth2It is a fact of British life that leaders of the Labour Party have the disadvantage of dealing with a fiercely partisan press with an in-built Conservative bias. But, according to two research reports from the London School of Economics and Birkbeck College/Media Reform Coalition, this antipathy has reached new levels of vitriol. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Two new studies on reporting Jeremy Corbyn – the press as attack dog

3 08 2016

Jeremy_CorbynA recent study [pdf] by the LSE Department of Media and Communications has concluded that, in reporting on the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, “UK journalism has played an attackdog, rather than a watchdog, role“. Read the rest of this entry »





ITN’s complaint to IPSO over hijab article is a waste of time – Brian Cathcart

23 07 2016

Fatima ManjiITN and the Channel 4 News reporter Fatima Manji have joined many others in complaining to IPSO about Kelvin MacKenzie’s crass remarks about Ms Manji wearing a hijab during reports of the Nice outrage. Read the rest of this entry »





Brexit and the Tragic Downfall of British Media – Steven Barnett

9 07 2016

Newspapers BrexitThere is a conceit among many senior editors in the U.K. that Britain has “the best journalism in the world.” At its best, certainly, British journalism is very good indeed. From the sober analysis of the Financial Times and the Economist to the tub-thumping of the tabloid press to the BBC’s worldwide reputation for accuracy and impartiality, the British public has access to a healthy mixture of domestic, foreign, and investigative reporting. On many occasions, democracy has been well served by journalists here who make important stories accessible and hold power to account. Read the rest of this entry »