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 »





News: Tom Watson MP, Second Annual Leveson Lecture; Unfinished Business – Tamsin Turk

11 12 2014

Tom-WatsonOn 3 December 2014, at the invitation of the campaigning group Hacked Off, Tom Watson MP gave the Second Annual Leveson Lecture, to a large audience in Westminster. Read the rest of this entry »





The “Forgotten Terrorists”, another piece of nonsense on the Times front page – Evan Harris

13 11 2014

TimesThe main headline on the front page of yesterday’s Times tells us that “Terrorists are exploiting the ‘right to be forgotten’”. It is a striking headline and, like the Times’ front page story three weeks ago about the police using a “loophole to hack phones”, it is total nonsense. Read the rest of this entry »





Revenge Porn: It’s criminal … except when it makes a good front page – Joan Smith

19 10 2014

The First Editions Of The Sun On Sunday Hit The NewstandsAt the beginning of October, The Sun launched a campaign against what has become known as ‘revenge porn’. A number of famous people have been victims of the practice, which consists of a former partner publishing intimate material without their ex’s permission. Read the rest of this entry »





Hacked Off: IPSO launched with a whisper – Michelle Gribbon

24 09 2014

Moses-image-3Nearly two years after the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics which condemned the Press Complaints Commission, a “new” press regulator IPSO finally opened its doors on 8 September after months of delay. The Express Group, the Mirror Group, The Sun, The Times, The Sunday Times, the Mail Group and the Telegraph Group all signed up to their new creature, which promised to be ‘rigorous, independent, fair and transparent’ . Read the rest of this entry »








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