The Sun, Rebekah Brooks and a Rampage of Unethical Conduct – Brian Cathcart

29 04 2016

New Sunday Sun tabloidThat was a bad week for the Sun. First the Hillsborough verdict removed the last shred of doubt that the paper’s infamous ‘The Truth’ front page report on the disaster was entirely untrue. Read the rest of this entry »





Cameron, the Press and a Conspiracy to Make You Forget – Brian Cathcart

7 04 2016

cameron-levesonHow good is your memory? Does it stretch back to 2013? Or perhaps 2011? Right now, David Cameron is hoping it doesn’t. In those years he made a lot of promises that are no longer convenient for him, so he would prefer you forgot them. Read the rest of this entry »





The Sun and IPSO: It’s obvious who is the boss – Brian Cathcart

1 04 2016

Sun Front Page JihadisOnce again Rupert Murdoch’s Sun has lost a case before IPSO and once again the so called regulator has let the paper off with a slap on the wrist. All those promises that IPSO would stand up to big national newspapers are proving predictably hollow. Read the rest of this entry »





An “External Review” for IPSO? We’ve heard that one before – Brian Cathcart

28 02 2016

IPSOVSPCCThe more that IPSO struggles to appear different from the discredited Press Complaints Commission (PCC) it is supposed to replace, the more it reveals itself to be just the same. In its latest spasm of activity it has announced the appointment of an External Reviewer in the person of Sir Joseph Pilling, a former Permanent Secretary of the Northern Ireland Office. Read the rest of this entry »





IPSO fails the test – Brian Cathcart

24 02 2016

IPSOSHAMPOSTER-2How do we know when is press regulation good enough? The question is topical because IPSO, the self-regulator established by the big corporate newspapers, has been trying lately to persuade us it can be trusted to do its job. Read the rest of this entry »





The Headline that wasn’t: impotent IPSO bows to the Sun – Brian Cathcart

1 10 2015

09-Emily-Brothers-on-stage-with-LGBT-Manifesto-IMG_0244-e1443525422119Two brief paragraphs written by the chair of IPSO have given us a clear insight into the power relationship between the so-called ‘toughest regulator anywhere in the developed world’ and one of the biggest papers it regulates. Read the rest of this entry »





Leveson is happening at last: good news for everyone and a great opportunity for journalism – Brian Cathcart

22 09 2015

Leveson reportIt has been a long time coming, but the first of the big reforms recommended by the Leveson Inquiry is finally going to happen, and that is good news for all of us because it means greatly enhanced access to justice in some cases where our legal rights may have been breached. Read the rest of this entry »








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