Daily Mail has attacked the Human Rights Act whilst also seeking to shelter behind it – Brian Cathcart

7 06 2015

Mail Human RightsThe Daily Mail has been reassuring its readers that the delay in the repeal of the Human Rights Act (HRA) will not be indefinite and is just a matter of getting the detail right. “This is going to happen,” it quoted a government source as saying. “We will deliver it – but we are not going to be rushed.” Read the rest of this entry »





Effective press regulation will happen: Five reasons to be confident Leveson will be implemented – Brian Cathcart

27 05 2015

Leveson ReportThe big corporate papers are encouraging the idea that the result of the general election means the end of the Leveson process. Although this claim is hardly surprising given their wild-eyed desperation to avoid any form of meaningful accountability, it is wrong. Read the rest of this entry »





The Editor’s Code and the General Election – Brian Cathcart

6 05 2015

Editors Code BookIf you ever doubt that the people who run our corporate national press view the British public with contempt, take a look at Clause 1(iii) of their professional code of practice. Read the rest of this entry »





Elveden and the merits of independent scrutiny – Brian Cathcart

3 05 2015

The Old Bailey, London, England, UKLeader writers and columnists are delighted that charges have been dropped against a number of journalists caught up in the Operation Eleven corrupt payment investigation, following earlier acquittals in similar cases. Read the rest of this entry »





Ten Instant Myths Created by the Press About ‘The Sun’ and Corruption – Brian Cathcart

23 04 2015

PressAfter the acquittal of a number of journalists accused of corrupting public officials and the dropping of charges against others, the corporate national press (Sun, Times, Mail, Telegraph, Mirror and others) has launched one of its shameless campaigns of disinformation. Read the rest of this entry »





The Press itself is a vital election issue – Brian Cathcart

6 04 2015

PressA front-page lead (‘Lib Dems seek US-style first amendment‘) and on the same day a leading article (‘Press attacks on Labour are not new. . .‘): in this election the media themselves are clearly part of the debate. Read the rest of this entry »





Sir Alan Moses shows whose side he is on – Brian Cathcart

20 03 2015

Alan MosesThe chair of IPSO, the self-regulator set up by the big newspaper companies, delivered a lecture [pdf] last week at the London School of Economics on the future of press regulation. It was revealing in several respects. Read the rest of this entry »








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