How not to reclaim the internet – Paul Bernal

28 05 2016

reclaim-logo-singleThe new campaign to ‘Reclaim the Internet‘, to ‘take a stand against online abuse’ was launched yesterday – and it could be a really important campaign. The scale and nature of abuse online is appalling – and it is good to see that the campaign does not focus on just one kind of abuse, instead talking about ‘misogyny, sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia’ and more. Read the rest of this entry »





The weird world of IPSO where “proportionate” means disproportionate, and “inaccurate” becomes accurate if someone else has said it first – Jonathan Coad

27 05 2016

whirlpool-applaince-repairsJust as did its predecessor the Press Complaints Commission, IPSO applies the kind of perverse reasoning to the commercial advantage of its sponsors and creators which you would expect from a regulator which in defiance of both the will of parliament and the public has been set up by the press, funded by the press, the Code written by the press, its personnel appointed by the press, and with press delegates in the form of ex-editors on its complaints committee.  Read the rest of this entry »





How Brexit might affect EU audiovisual media services policy making – Alison Harcourt

25 05 2016

AVMSD 1160 x 650In light of the replies to the public consultation on Directive 2010/13/EU on Audio-Visual Media Services (AVMSD), the Commission’s Regulatory Fitness (REFIT) exercise, the public consultation on the EU Satellite and Cable Directive, national consultations and a possible exit of the UK from the EU, it is time to consider the current issues affecting UK stakeholders in the cross-border audio-visual services sector. Read the rest of this entry »





Another one-eyed fable from the corporate press – Brian Cathcart

24 05 2016

NewspapersThe corporate papers that are determined to resist Leveson-based reform are currently playing what they evidently consider to be their strongest card, and it is this: “If the changes are implemented as promised, a publication that is sued for libel and wins its case will be forced to pay the costs of the losing side”. Read the rest of this entry »





EU Referendum Media Coverage: Narrowly focussed, press coverage skewed, television more balanced

24 05 2016

graph1-1024x512Two new studies suggest that the media coverage of the EU referendum debate strongly favours male Conservative politicians and that the press coverage is skewed towards the “out” campaign. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 23 May 2016

23 05 2016

Media and Law RoundupThe biggest media law story of the week was the decision of the Supreme Court to reinstate the injunction in the case of PJS v News Group Newspapers.   We had a summary of the decision and posts by Ashley Hurst and Gavin Phillipson.  We also had a round up of the media news stories about the decision. Read the rest of this entry »





Do British journalists play by the rules? – Neil Thurman

21 05 2016

JournalistsFour years after some of the more questionable practices of the UK press came to light under the scrutiny of the Leveson Inquiry, a survey of journalists has found that 25% believe it is acceptable not to verify information before publication or broadcast. Read the rest of this entry »








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