It must be the pantomime season – Brian Cathcart

14 12 2012

_39052_panto300Amid all the manoeuvring by Cameron & Co as they try to avoid making editors and proprietors of the national press genuinely accountable for what they do, the idea of a Royal Charter has surfaced.It is a seasonably folkloric and tinselly addition to the debate. Her Majesty’s Privy Counsellors, no doubt clad in breeches and kneeling in her presence, will ceremonially apply a red wax seal to a vellum scroll and lo, all the problems of press regulation will be magicked away. Read the rest of this entry »





Clause 5 Still Needs Work: Joint Committee on Human Rights delivers its verdict on the Defamation Bill – Ashley Hurst

14 12 2012

internet-defamationJust a few days before the Defamation Bill receives its line-by-line scrutiny in the House of Lords Grand Committee, the Joint Committee on Human Rights has published its report on the Bill.

The report centres on what the Joint Committee considers to be the key elements of the Defamation Bill that impact on human rights, being the proposed codification of the Reynolds defence in clause 4, the new defence for website operators in clause 5, and the proposed single publication rule in clause 8. In this post, I follow on from my previous postings about internet libel and clause 5 (see Part 1 and Part 2) by commenting on the Joint Committee’s recommendations as to clause 5. Read the rest of this entry »





Journalisted, week ending Sunday 9 December 2012, Autumn statement, Starbucks tax and Nelson Mandela

14 12 2012

JournalistedJournalisted 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. Read the rest of this entry »





Media Reform Coalition: Briefing Paper on Media Plurality

14 12 2012

media-reformThe Media Reform Coalition has released a new briefing paper on what the Leveson Report recommends about media ownership and plurality.  It notes that, as the issue of ‘statutory underpinning’ heats up, it is easy to neglect this key area of media policy. The MRC believes that ownership of the media is a crucial part of ensuring a fair, free and independent press. Read the rest of this entry »