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Month: November 2012 (Page 1 of 7)

News: Northern Ireland Court Orders Facebook to take down “Paedophile Watch” page

FacebookThe Northern Ireland High Court has ordered Facebook to take down a page entitled “Keeping our kids safe from predators” on an application made by a convicted sex offender. The claimant, who was anonymised and known only as XY, was given a six year jail sentence for a child sex offence more than 20 years ago.  He claimed that material published on the page constituted  harassment, breach of privacy, and misuse of his private information. Continue reading

Leveson Report: Analysis – Damian Tambini

LevesonThe most radical proposal in the Leveson report is it’s response to the so-called  ‘Desmond Problem’ – namely that media owners such as Richard Desmond can decide simply to leave a voluntary system of self-regulation. It is Leveson’s proposal to solve this problem with legislation that has sent newspaper owners and the PCC into a tailspin, even though Leveson himself was absolutely clear that he was proposing independent regulation  rather than a ‘statutory regulator of the press’. Continue reading

Opinion: “Cameron has made his choice: more of the same” – Brian Cathcart

Cameron House of CommonsLet’s be clear about what Lord Justice Leveson recommended and did not recommend. He did not recommend statutory regulation of the press. Instead, he allowed the press to set up its own regulator. He did, however, propose that a law should be passed to create what he called a recognition body and what most of us might call an auditor, whose job would be to ensure that the regulator met some basic standards and kept to them.
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Leveson, Press and data protection: the Rubicon has already been crossed – Chris Pounder

rubicon-sign-708104The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has expressed “serious concerns and misgivings” over bringing in laws to underpin any new body to regulate the press. Mr Cameron told MPs that legislation backing a regulatory body underpinned by statute would “cross the Rubicon” by writing elements of press regulation into the law for the “first time“. Because of this, Mr Cameron, is “not convinced at this stage that statute is necessary to achieve Lord Justice Leveson’s objectives”. Continue reading

Leveson: One last chance for press self-regulation? A summary of the proposals – Edward Craven

leveson_inquiry_logo_130After eight months of hearings, 337 live witnesses and thousands of pages of written evidence and submissions, Lord Justice Leveson has delivered his much anticipated report on the culture, practices and ethics of the press. As expected, the Leveson Report contains damning criticisms of the press and the failure of the current system of self-regulation. Continue reading

What is Press Regulation? – Six Different Models

The media and political world is eagerly awaiting tomorrow’s report of Part 1 of the Leveson Inquiry into the Culture, Practice and Ethics of the Press.   The phrase “press regulation” is used in a variety of different senses.  Very often, those involved in the debates talk past each other because they are talking about different types of regulation.   This post deals with six different models of press regulation that have figured in the current debate.  Continue reading

Journalisted, week ending 25 November 2012, EU Budget, Gaza ceasefire and Catalonia independence

Journalisted is an independent, not-for-profit website built to make it easier for the public, to find out more about journalists and what they write about. It is run by the Media Standards Trust. It collects information automatically from the websites of British news outlets. Articles are indexed by journalist, based on the byline to the article. Keywords and statistics are automatically generated, and the site searches for any blogs or social bookmarking sites linking to each article. Continue reading

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