The Pilling Review of IPSO: An exercise in futility – Martin Moore

12 10 2016

pilling-reportIf the Pilling Review [pdf] was the industry’s attempt to give IPSO some legitimacy then it has backfired.

The review was set up by IPSO, paid for by IPSO, and had terms of reference agreed with IPSO, in order to assess the independence and effectiveness of IPSO. In that sense its purpose was compromised before it had even begun. Read the rest of this entry »

Imagine if Google or Facebook took a line on the EU referendum – Martin Moore

7 06 2016

EU ReferendumImagine if on June 23 this year British citizens looking at found the words #VoteIn towards the bottom of the search page. Perhaps they would ignore it and go about their business, or perhaps it would remind them that they had not yet voted and ought to before it was too late. Whatever their views on the EU referendum, such an expression of partisanship may surprise them. Read the rest of this entry »

New Report: UK Election 2015, Setting the Agenda – Martin Moore and Gordon Ramsay

20 10 2015

Election UnspunThe battle to set the agenda during the UK General Election 2015 was fought by all sides through social media and mainstream news outlets. The way that battle played out and the influence of each media source on pulling public attention towards a particular issue is the basis of a new report, “UK Election 2015: Setting the Agenda” [pdf] by Martin Moore and Gordon Ramsay”. Read the rest of this entry »

IPSO: New appointments further increase dependence on powerful industry figures – Martin Moore and Gordon Ramsay

4 11 2014

IPSOIn the last few weeks there have been significant developments in press regulation that have gone entirely unreported, despite the fact that they involve the most senior figures in the news industry, and despite that fact that they increase the dependence of the industry’s new self-regulatory body, IPSO, on the major publishers. Read the rest of this entry »

Can Newspapers Convince the Public IPSO Is Not a ‘Sham’? – Martin Moore

10 09 2014

PressAs IPSO – the press’ response to Leveson – opened for business this week, newspapers may be wondering whether they will be able to convince the public that it is not just a replica of its discredited predecessor, the Press Complaints Commission. Read the rest of this entry »

The Challenges facing Sir Alan Moses – Martin Moore

11 05 2014

Sir Alan MosesIn his short statement accepting his appointment as Chair of IPSO (the ‘Independent Press Standards Organisation‘), Sir Alan Moses uses the word ‘independent’ or ‘independence’ five times. ‘The public and the press are entitled to a successful system of independent regulation‘ he says. Read the rest of this entry »

Using the rhetoric of press freedom to thwart free speech – Martin Moore

20 12 2013

BBCpress-620x410It rarely takes long, in arguments about free speech, before someone refers to John Milton or John Stuart Mill. Most of us remember one particularly strong defence of free speech made in both Milton’s Areopagatica and Mill’s On Liberty. Any attempt to censor, suppress or constrain free speech, Milton and Mill argue, denies people access to the truth. Read the rest of this entry »