The Editors’ Code Committee and the Leveson Recommendations: another case of dumb insolence

8 01 2014

CodeOfPracticeThe British press is very good at telling others how to organise their affairs.  It is not so good at putting its own house in order.  Our newspapers have a long and consistent record of evasion and inaction when it comes to dealing with its own deficiencies.  One interesting, and neglected example concerns the “Editors’ Code”.  This is the code of standards which the discredited Press Complaints Commission claims to enforce.  Read the rest of this entry »





Defamation Act 2013: Monitoring the effect of the changes – Judith Townend

8 01 2014

StatisticsThe Defamation Act 2013 is now in force. In a press release the government claims it “reverses the chilling effect on freedom of expression current libel law has allowed, and the prevention of legitimate debate we have seen in the past”. Read the rest of this entry »