The General Election: a further test for IPSO which it will fail – Jonathan Coad

25 04 2017

Almost all the most powerful elements of Fleet Street will line up behind Mrs May in the run-up to the next election – and indeed they have already begun the process of doing so. As for the voting public, they are reliant on (inter alia) Fleet Street to help them make their voting decisions. The grandees of Fleet Street will be considering whether their titles are likely to be held to account in a way that they care about if it misleads voting public on key electoral issues.  The answer to that question is; almost certainly not. 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 »





YouGov Poll: 51% think newspapers should be required by law to join an independent regulator, only 3% trust a regulator set up by the press

11 12 2016

opinion_pollAn opinion poll carried out by YouGov for IMPRESS [pdf] shows overwhelming public support for independent regulation of the press, with a majority favouring compulsory membership of an independent regulator.  There is negligible public trust in a regulator set up by newspaper publishers. Read the rest of this entry »





Max Mosley: Why I think that the Leveson model makes sense for everyone

18 11 2016

mosley-levesonThe great majority of newspapers seem determined not to belong to a Leveson-compliant regulator. They say this would amount to state control. But are they right? The Press Recognition Panel is significantly further from politics and government than the Judicial Appointments Commission, yet most would agree the state does not control the judiciary. Read the rest of this entry »





The Martyrdom of Press Freedom: What Recognition of IMPRESS means and why the press fears It – Paul Wragg

13 11 2016

impress2xPress regulation is changing.  On 29 October 2016, IMPRESS was officially recognised as the UK’s first ‘Leveson-compliant’ regulator.  This is a momentous occasion.  But recognition has been met with uniform hostility from the mainstream press.  The Daily Mail was not alone in decrying the event as an end to 300 years of press freedomRead 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 »





Impress vs IPSO: A chasm, not a cigarette paper – Steven Barnett

30 10 2016

ipso-vs-impress-collage-e1477660796395-800x601In his blog last week the editor of the Press Gazette argued that there was “barely a cigarette paper’s worth of difference” between would-be press regulators IPSO and Impress.  If only. In truth, there is a chasm between the two which would take an essay to enumerate. Here are just four fundamental differences. Read the rest of this entry »