IPSO facto – why PressBoF’s regulator is going nowhere

31 07 2013

Dead EndThe editors and proprietors of national newspapers have more than 60 years’ experience of manoeuvring to avoid independent and effective regulation. Again and again down the decades they have bullied politicians into pulling back from the measures needed to curtail abuses of press freedom such as distortion, fabrication, intrusion and intimidation. Read the rest of this entry »





Leveson: another smear exposed – Brian Cathcart and Evan Harris

30 07 2013

SOCA-ReportWhen newspapers complain about ‘the other hacking scandal’ that is supposedly being neglected by the police, they frequently accuse Lord Justice Leveson of turning a blind eye to the evidence, or even of ‘suppressing’ it. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 29 July 2013

29 07 2013

Media and Law Round Up 2This marks the final law and media weekly round up for the summer. Many thanks to the readers who have sent updates during the year. A round up of the legal year will be published in due course: please get in touch with recommendations for inclusion – especially anything that has been missed in the weekly round ups – via the details at the bottom of this post. Read the rest of this entry »





Reporting Restrictions and Anonymity Orders in Northern Ireland – Olivia O’Kane

28 07 2013

anonymity21Northern Ireland Editor’s Liaison Group is made up of senior editors within the local broadcast and newspaper industry in Northern Ireland.  The aim of this informal group of editors is to discuss matters of general concern and as to how the media industry operates in this jurisdiction. Read the rest of this entry »





Libel, Damages and the “Remedial Gap”: a declaration of falsity?

27 07 2013

A number of lbel cases involve substantial awards of damages against defendants who are never going to pay.  Sometimes the defendant is in a jurisdiction where a damages award cannot be enforced, sometimes the defendant has no money. Read the rest of this entry »





Tulisa, Mercer and Yeo: the Journalistic Sting and the Public Interest

26 07 2013

TulisaOver the past couple of months the tabloids, the broadsheets and the broadcasters have been entertaining us with “journalistic sting” stories.  Politicians and celebrities have been caught out by fictitious lobbying companies and the “fake sheikh”. Read the rest of this entry »





A tale of two British summers: phone hacking and a royal baby – Des Freedman

25 07 2013

Private-Eye-royal-baby2The royal birth is set to be the face of the 2013 summer, but to what extent does this reveal how little the media has changed since the phone hacking scandal in 2011? What happened to media reform?

Prepare for an avalanche of wild speculation, idle gossip, PR puffery and unadulterated joy – at least on behalf of the 46% of the British public (including only 29% of men) who claim they are ‘very or fairly interested’ in the royal baby. Read the rest of this entry »





Leveson: Opinion Poll shows that 50% of public back cross-party charter and 69% favour tougher press regulation

24 07 2013

opinion_pollA new opinion poll carried by YouGov [pdf] and commissioned by the Media Standards Trust shows that 50% of respondents favour the Cross-Party Royal Charter setting up a recognition panel while only 13% favour the PressBoF charter.  A total of 69% of respondents favour tougher press regulation, with only 4% in favour of less tough regulation and 18% in favour of the current level. Read the rest of this entry »





What next for the PCC? – Brian Cathcart

23 07 2013

freefastfairThe Press Complaints Commission (“PCC”) still exists. It still has a chair, Lord Hunt, and a panel of Commissioners, and it still deals with complaints from the public. It will presumably go on doing so until its bosses, the proprietors assembled in PressBoF, turn off the tap of money. Read the rest of this entry »





Byline Banditry: A Call to Reform – Jonathan McCully

23 07 2013

BanditOn the 24th of June 2013, freelance journalist Sheron Boyle wrote a piece for the PressGazette detailing her concerns about a worrying practice which has become increasingly more prevalent in the newspaper industry; “byline banditry.” This is when a freelance journalist sells their first rights of publication to a paper, only to find after publication that their work is being accredited to the staffer for whom the freelancer had written the piece. Read the rest of this entry »