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Month: July 2013 (Page 1 of 5)

Law and Media Round Up – 29 July 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. Continue reading

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

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. Continue reading

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

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. Continue reading

Byline Banditry: A Call to Reform – Jonathan McCully

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. Continue reading

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