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Month: September 2011 (Page 1 of 6)

Media Regulation: A Radical New Proposal, Part 2, More Reform Options – Hugh Tomlinson QC

The first part of this post raised the question as to what should replace the PCC, outlining the first three of the seven options recently suggested by Martin Moore.  In this post I will deal with options four to seven.  In the third post in the series I will suggest an “option eight” – a regulatory proposal which is voluntary but with teeth and which also seeks to deal with some of the problems identified by the libel reform and other campaigners. Continue reading

Media Regulation: A Radical New Proposal – Part 1, Reform Options – Hugh Tomlinson QC

As many commentators have pointed out, the British press is not subject to regulation in the ordinary sense.  It must, of course, operate within the civil and criminal law but the so-called system of “self-regulation” through the Press Complaints Commission is not “regulation” at all.  Those newspapers and magazines which participate have agreed a code of practice and set up a complaints system.  The system is one of mediation, not regulation. Continue reading

News: Leveson Inquiry – press application to expand the panel, future seminars

Lord Justice Leveson today heard an application by Associated Newspapers Limited, the publishers of the “Daily Mail”, concerning the composition of his advisory panel.  Concerns were expressed that these individuals lacked tabloid or regional newspaper experience.  The application was supported by Trinity Mirror Limited, the Newspaper Publishers’ Association, and Guardian News and Media Limited. Continue reading

Hacked off at the Labour Conference and why a professional registry of journalists is a bad idea – Martin Moore

Politicians are a strange breed. One minute they are nodding and agreeing with you, and the next they say something which goes so against what you just said you wonder if they were listening at all. Ivan Lewis, shadow culture secretary, in his Labour Conference speech yesterday suggested that the news industry ought to consider registering journalists such that they could be ‘struck off’ if they committed a serious offence. Continue reading

Law and Media Round Up – 26 September 2011

We rounded up phone hacking developments in a post on Friday.  Perhaps the most important development of the past week in this area was the police abandonment of their production order application against the “Guardian”.  On Friday the Chair of the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, Keith Vaz MP, raised this at a private meeting with the Deputy Assistant Commissioner Mark Simmons. Continue reading

News: Max Mosley and a French criminal complaint against News of the World and Neville Thurlbeck

On Tuesday 20 September 2011, the 17th chamber of the Tribunal de Grande Instance in Paris heard Max Mosley’s criminal complaint against the “News of the World” and Neville Thurlbeck in respect of the publication of private information about him in notorious articles in March 2008.   There was a report of the hearing in the “Guardian” and also in the French press, for example, L’Express.   The claim is based on the sale of 1,300 copies of the “News of the World” in France and the distribution of about 3,000 copies in total.  Mr Mosley is reported to be seeking damages and interest of €100,000 from the French court. Continue reading

Revisited: The Future of the Press: John Lanchester’s LRB piece on newspapers

In January 2011 we published this post about an article in the London Review of Books in December 2010 by John Lanchester.  We thought that it was worth republishing in the light of the renewed debate about the press after the establishment of the Leveson Inquiry.  Proposals for regulation need to take into account the economic realities of the newspaper industry. Continue reading

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