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 »





The government scuppers Leveson Part 2: is Britain’s press undermining democracy? – Steven Barnett

22 05 2018

Recent amendments to the Data Protection Bill, supported by the House of Lords and then narrowly defeated in the Commons, would have revived Part 2 of the Leveson Inquiry into unlawful conduct and corporate cover-ups in national newspapers. Read the rest of this entry »





News: House of Lords votes for Leveson 2 amendment, Commons to vote again today

15 05 2018

The House of Lords yesterday voted, by a majority of 252 to 213, to restore a “Leveson 2” amendment to the Data Protection Bill.  The amendment was proposed by the respected cross bench peer Baroness Hollins. Read the rest of this entry »