Is the Press too Free? – Robert Skidelsky

24 03 2018

The poisoning of Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia at an Italian restaurant in Salisbury has driven an important story off the front pages of the British press. Earlier this month, the former actor and comedian John Ford revealed that for 15 years, from 1995 to 2010, he was employed by Rupert Murdoch’s Sunday Times newspaper to hack and blag his way into the private affairs of dozens of prominent people, including then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Read the rest of this entry »





The Daily Mail, Max Mosley and Me – Brian Cathcart

9 03 2018

You may not have seen this, but the Daily Mail has published an article complaining of Max Mosley’s ‘hidden donations to aid press-hating professor‘, and the professor in question is me. I am not, of course, a press hater, but I do despise the dishonesty and hypocrisy of the Daily Mail, of which this turns out to be a vivid example.   Read the rest of this entry »





Government’s Leveson Announcement: a sorry betrayal of the victims of press abuse – Natalie Fenton

6 03 2018

Last week the culture minister Matt Hancock announced the government’s response to the public consultation on the Leveson Inquiry and its implementation. The government announced that it will repeal Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 and will not continue with the Leveson Inquiry Part 2 that was supposed to consider corrupt relations between police and media and was unable to proceed at the time because of court cases that were ongoing. Read the rest of this entry »





Press regulation: the end of the road for Leveson reforms – Paul Magrath

5 03 2018

On 1 March 2018 the government announced that it would not be proceeding with the second stage of the Leveson Inquiry, and would seek to repeal section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013. This post explains the background to that decision and assesses where that leaves us with press regulation. Read the rest of this entry »






News: Government Abandons Leveson Part Two, Sir Brian Leveson “fundamentally disagrees”

1 03 2018

The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Matt Hancock, told Parliament today that the Government was formally closing the Leveson Inquiry.  Read the rest of this entry »