Discover Leveson: new online resource offers researchers convenient access to historic inquiry evidence – Paul Magrath

12 04 2019

A comprehensive and interactive online research resource, containing all the evidence and publications of the Leveson Inquiry into press misconduct (2011-12) has been developed and hosted by Kingston University under the leadership of its Professor of Journalism, Brian Cathcart. Read the rest of this entry »





Drone hysteria and the serial privacy invaders of the British Press – Hugh Tomlinson QC

24 12 2018

The news last week was dominated by the “Gatwick drones” with the country’s second busiest airport being closed three times in three days and 140,000 passengers being stranded.  On Friday 21 December 2018 a local couple were arrestedfollowing a tip off“.  Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: R (Jefferies and ors) v Home Secretary and anor, Judgment leaves claimants ‘hacked off’ – Katie Ayres

16 12 2018

By Judgment handed down on 29 November 2018 (R (on the Application of Jefferies and Others) v (1) Secretary of State for the Home Department (2) Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport [2018] EWHC 3239 (Admin)) Lord Justice Davis and Mr Justice Ouseley dismissed the Claimants claims for Judicial Review of the Government’s decision to not embark on ‘Part 2’ of the Leveson Inquiry. Read the rest of this entry »





Brexit, Leveson 2 and why 2019 could be the year for press reform – Brian Cathcart

14 12 2018

File 20181211 76956 1n0g1jm.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1On no fewer than five occasions in the course of his inquiry into the press in 2011-12, Brian Leveson expressed to witnesses and the public a concern that his report might end up gathering dust on the second shelf of a professor of journalism’s bookcase – nothing more than historical evidence of wasted effort. Read the rest of this entry »






Theresa May did the bidding of the press, now they call her a traitor – Brian Cathcart

14 07 2018
She used up capital cancelling Leveson 2 for them, but it did not buy her favourable coverage. She is the corporate papers’ ever-willing victim: the more she appeases them, the harder they kick her.

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“Britain requires an independent regulator with teeth”, the belated (partial) conversion of the British Press to effective regulation – Hugh Tomlinson QC

6 07 2018

For 70 years the British press has resolutely resisted any form of independent regulation. The oligarchs who control the large media corporations have successfully resisted the regulatory recommendations of inquiries from the 1949 Royal Commission on the Press to the 2012 Leveson Report. Read the rest of this entry »





Where Leveson went wrong: Good intentions are not enough – Tim Gopsill

3 07 2018

The final coup dealt by the slimy timeserver Matt Hancock to the Leveson Inquiry’s intricate structure for the self-regulation of the press – and, increasingly importantly, of their websites – was a repellent spectacle. But the truth is that the scheme could never have worked. Read the rest of this entry »






Leveson: Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act: should it have been brought into force rather than being treated as a question of government policy? – Christopher Whitmey

30 05 2018

The Crime and Courts Act 2013 (‘CCA’) sections 34-42 inclusive are headed “Publishers of news-related material: damages and costs” and form a complete and closely integrated scheme enacted for the public benefit, and the protection of the press from spurious complaints, for implementation as a whole. How can bringing section 40 into force logically be a question of government policy? Read the rest of this entry »