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 »





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 »





The Press and Section 40: Roy Greenslade and the Nightmare Scenario – Brian Cathcart

28 10 2016

professor-roy-greenslade-professor-of-journalism-london-city-university-image-1In the long history of special pleading by our corporate national newspapers, the nightmare scenario has played a distinguished role. Few ideas entailing even the slightest change or inconvenience for proprietors and editors have escaped this end-of-civilisation-as-we-know-it treatment. Read the rest of this entry »





The relentless humiliation of IPSO and Sir Alan Moses – Brian Cathcart

14 10 2016

Murdoch and IPSOThe big national newspapers are on the warpath again about regulation, desperately promoting the supposed virtues of their pet regulator, IPSO, and warning hysterically that any alternative means the end of the world as we know it. Read the rest of this entry »





10 ways in which the Telegraph’s Fraser Nelson gets it wrong about Allardyce, Leveson and the Press – Brian Cathcart

1 10 2016

allardyce2Isn’t the Daily Telegraph great? That, in essence, is the question Fraser Nelson asks in his article (in the Telegraph) entitled ‘The value of our threatened free press is the real Sam Allardyce exposé’. But in his eagerness Nelson is in danger of prompting the opposite answer to the one he is hoping for. Read the rest of this entry »





Keith Vaz, an outbreak of morality? Pull the other one – Brian Cathcart

9 09 2016

keith-vazPicture this. You are in the newsroom of a tabloid national paper and a reporter has just rushed up to the editor.

Reporter – ’Boss! I have shocking news. I have evidence that a senior backbencher has paid for sex!’ 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 »