Consultation on Leveson: the Press has no case at all – Brian Cathcart

6 12 2016

presentation1The Government has launched a public consultation on ‘The Leveson Inquiry and its Implementation’. You might think that when they consult in this way it must be a thorny issue with strong arguments on both sides, but in this case you would be wrong, because one side has no arguments at all. Read the rest of this entry »





Max Mosley: Why I think that the Leveson model makes sense for everyone

18 11 2016

mosley-levesonThe great majority of newspapers seem determined not to belong to a Leveson-compliant regulator. They say this would amount to state control. But are they right? The Press Recognition Panel is significantly further from politics and government than the Judicial Appointments Commission, yet most would agree the state does not control the judiciary. Read the rest of this entry »





The Martyrdom of Press Freedom: What Recognition of IMPRESS means and why the press fears It – Paul Wragg

13 11 2016

impress2xPress regulation is changing.  On 29 October 2016, IMPRESS was officially recognised as the UK’s first ‘Leveson-compliant’ regulator.  This is a momentous occasion.  But recognition has been met with uniform hostility from the mainstream press.  The Daily Mail was not alone in decrying the event as an end to 300 years of press freedomRead the rest of this entry »





What really makes something ‘offensive’? – Ranjana Das and Anne Graefer

12 11 2016

The cartoons in French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo offended many people. And as a result of the terrible actions taken by a handful of those people who took offence, which resulted in the murder of 12 people, Charlie Hebdo has become a case study for the significance and meaning of “offensiveness”. Read the rest of this entry »





IPSO Chair Moses has an accuracy problem – Brian Cathcart

7 11 2016

presentation1-2As chair of IPSO, the tame regulator set up by the corporate national papers, Sir Alan Moses is responsible for upholding a code of practice which says, among other things, that journalists must take care not to be inaccurate. And yet he seems to have trouble being accurate himself. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Culture Secretary announces consultation on Leveson 2 and Section 40

1 11 2016

karen-bradleyThe Culture Secretary, Karen Bradley, has today made a statement on matters relating press regulation and announced a consultation on Part 2 of the Leveson Inquiry and the commencement of section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013. Read the rest of this entry »





Impress vs IPSO: A chasm, not a cigarette paper – Steven Barnett

30 10 2016

ipso-vs-impress-collage-e1477660796395-800x601In his blog last week the editor of the Press Gazette argued that there was “barely a cigarette paper’s worth of difference” between would-be press regulators IPSO and Impress.  If only. In truth, there is a chasm between the two which would take an essay to enumerate. Here are just four fundamental differences. Read the rest of this entry »