The Tories hand the press their get-out-of-jail-free card – Brian Cathcart

18 05 2017

The Conservative election manifesto [pdf] reveals with absolute clarity the depth of Theresa May’s subservience to the billionaire-owned, Brexit-backing corporate national press. Read the rest of this entry »





Three questions about the media that politicians must be asked – Brian Cathcart

5 05 2017
There is near-silence about the future of the media in this election, yet the winners must take momentous decisions about broadcasting and the press.

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Phone Hacking, Don’t let them fool you, most victims were not famous – Brian Cathcart

27 04 2017

It has become routine: another batch of phone hacking victims win compensation from a newspaper and the story is reported (where it is reported at all) as if only celebrities were involved.  Read the rest of this entry »





Press accuracy and the election: what IPSO won’t do – Brian Cathcart

22 04 2017

Here are five things that IPSO, the chosen regulator of the corporate press, could do right now, before election campaigning gets under way: Read the rest of this entry »





With ‘no-win-no-fee’ deals harder to get in libel cases, government must choose whether to back the corporate press or the ordinary citizen – Brian Cathcart

12 04 2017

The Supreme Court has dismissed appeals brought by the Murdoch, Mail and Mirror newspaper companies in relation to costs they must pay in libel and privacy cases they have lost – but at the same time the judges have thrown the future of access to justice in such cases into the lap of the government. Read the rest of this entry »





Press companies ask Supreme Court to ensure only millionaires can sue them – Brian Cathcart

30 01 2017

Press on SaleSometimes, even after all these years of press lies and hypocrisy, the shamelessness of the big British newspaper companies can still take the breath away. Last week lawyers for the Murdoch, Mirror and Mail papers complained to the Supreme Court that costs in some media cases amounted to a ‘legal casino’ in which the bills could be so high that there was a ‘chilling effect’ on journalism. As a result, they argued, freedom of expression was endangered. Read the rest of this entry »





Theresa May, the press and a lesson from history – Brian Cathcart

29 01 2017

baldwinOne of the decisions that Theresa May must make in the next few weeks will define her as a prime minister – and it is not about Brexit. The fateful choice before her is between, on the one hand, standing up to the corporate national newspapers and becoming a political leader in her own right, and on the other, accepting that, for as long as they allow her to remain in Downing Street, she must be their doormat. Read the rest of this entry »