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 »

Hacked Off: IPSO Year One, no regulation, no arbitration, no investigations, no independent auditing, weak excuses from the Chief Executive – Evan Harris

11 09 2015

IPSO-is-a-shamThe so-called Independent Press Standards Organisation, IPSO, was one year old this week.  It was set up in defiance of the recommendations of the Leveson Inquiry, of the views of victims, the general public and of Parliament. Read the rest of this entry »

Hacked Off: Opinion poll, damning verdict on IPSO after its first year

8 09 2015

IPSOSHAMPOSTER-2Hacked Off has published the results of a YouGov opinion poll which showed that  two thirds of the general public (66%) say they have little or no confidence in IPSO, the regulator set up by the press in defiance of the recommendations of the Leveson Inquiry, endorsed by all parties in parliament. Read the rest of this entry »

Hacked Off: New Poll shows public wants legislation to implement Leveson

25 04 2015

Opinon PollA YouGov poll of 1717 adults taken over 11-12 April 2015 for the Hacked Off Campaign has found that the public do not believe that press behaviour has improved since the phone hacking scandal, with almost 3 in 5 wanting tougher regulation of the press, and the same proportion wanting further Parliamentary action to deliver it. Read the rest of this entry »

Dicing with death: the sensational reporting of suicide and death to sell newspapers – Daisy Cooper

28 03 2015

NewspapersThe daily newspapers in February made for sombre reading. There were five stories, comprising 13 articles, where editors used instances of suicide and death to sell papers. Read the rest of this entry »

Hacked Off: Launch of IPSO Watch initiative to monitor the work and decisions of IPSO

25 03 2015

IPSO WatchSix months on from the press regulator IPSO starting work, Hacked Off has launched “IPSO WATCH” to act as a voice for newspaper consumers who have complained about press coverage and got nowhere. Read the rest of this entry »

Compromising anonymity, scapegoating ethnic minorities, and recklessly intruding into grief: how some newspapers have responded to Leveson – Daisy Cooper and Michelle Gribbon

10 02 2015

Scrambled-newspapersIn the wake of the Leveson Inquiry, several newspaper groups created a new self-regulator, the Independent Press Standards Organisation (“IPSO”) in place of the discredited Press Complaints Commission (“PCC”).  IPSO isn’t independent at all – like the PCC, it is funded and controlled by big newspaper groups – but editors talked up the new organisation. They claimed it would provide the toughest regime of press regulation in the world, and talked about million-pound fines. So are they really worried? Read the rest of this entry »


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