Don’t believe what you read: section 40 will protect the local press, not kill it – Paul Wragg

14 01 2017

local-pressAnyone interested in journalism who has been reading the UK’s national press over the past week or two could be forgiven for thinking press freedom is in serious jeopardy. It’s one of those rare occasions when Fleet Street seems to speak as one. Read the rest of this entry »





Implementing Leveson, the local press seeks to defend the indefensible – Hugh Tomlinson QC

29 12 2016

trinity-mirror-papersOver the past few weeks the national press has ramped up its dishonest and unprincipled campaign against the implementation of the Leveson recommendations.  It finances and promotes something called “Free the Press” – which, among other things, offers a series of misleading and inaccurate graphics to place in anti-Leveson articles. Read the rest of this entry »





Implementing Leveson, how the national newspaper groups use the local press as “human shields” – Hugh Tomlinson QC

20 12 2016

nottingham-postThe local press has, over the past few weeks, been running an anti-Leveson campaign in response to the Government’s unfair and unbalanced consultation on the implementation of Leveson. The themes are familiar: local newspapers are the life blood of democracy, they didn’t do phone hacking but they will be financially ruined if section 40 is implemented. Read the rest of this entry »





Leveson, Arbitration and the Local Press: Three Misconceptions – Hugh Tomlinson QC

27 05 2013

DCMS Newspaper SocietyRepresentatives of the local and regional press continue to express concern about the key Leveson recommendation that a self-regulator must offer an “arbitration service”.  The purpose of this recommendation is to provide “access to justice” for complainants whilst reducing the burden of legal costs for publishers. Read the rest of this entry »