Leveson: Press proposes its own “Royal Charter”

25 04 2013

TabloidsA number of newspaper groups have, today, proposed their own “Royal Charter” for the “Independent Self-Regulation of the Press” [pdf] to incorporate a “recognition panel” to determine applications for recognition from Regulators.   The proposal comes from the national newspapers – not including the Guardian or the Independent. Read the rest of this entry »





Here come the (thought) police – David Banks

25 04 2013

businessman in suit with hands in handcuffsA COUPLE of jurors have been in the news recently, one for speaking his mind in court, one for speaking his mind on Facebook. One is now facing a contempt charge after he allegedly committed his thoughts on being chosen to try a man charged with sexual offences against a child to his Facebook page. He may be regretting being quite so frank in allegedly saying he “wanted to fuck up a paedophile.” Read the rest of this entry »





Responsibility in Public Office? – Cathy James

25 04 2013

_64200175_richard_rhodesOne cannot fail to be shocked by the way in which the Cumbrian police have dealt with those who leaked information to the press about the excessive expenses of their recently elected Police and Crime Commissioner.  The Commissioner, Richard Rhodes, held a press conference in which he admitted that it was wrong to have incurred the cost of hiring a private chauffeur at the public’s expense, but then said he was not responsible for the decision to prosecute those who put the information into the public domain.  Read the rest of this entry »