Why the Leveson Inquiry must be allowed to finish its work – Justin Schlosberg

18 10 2017

Last week Rupert Murdoch’s News Group Newspapers (NGN) admitted “vicarious liability” in illegal hacking that went far beyond mere interception of voicemails. The court was told about a spyware programme could Eblaster which was used by private investigators to comprehensively spy on a former army intelligence officer and pass details on to NGN. Read the rest of this entry »





Leveson: Karen Bradley gets it wrong five times – Brian Cathcart

13 10 2017
The Media Secretary, Karen Bradley, told the Commons Media Select Committee this week that she will announce the long-overdue outcome of her consultation on Section 40 and Leveson Part Two ‘shortly’ – hinting it would be in the next few weeks.

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Murdoch paper makes the case for Leveson Part 2 – Brian Cathcart

27 09 2017

Rupert Murdoch’s Sunday Times has got itself into a revealing tangle about Part Two of the Leveson Inquiry, accidentally demonstrating why the case for it is so strong even though company policy is to oppose it. Read the rest of this entry »





Mainstream news media have earned the distrust they complain of – Brian Cathcart

12 08 2017

‘Can you trust the mainstream media?’ asks the very mainstream Observer in a 5,000-word analysis by Andrew Harrison, and then it supplies the answer, pretty resoundingly: ‘Yes, you can!’ Read the rest of this entry »





Victims or Villains: is the freedom of the press under threat? – Julie Doughty

3 06 2017

This was the question for debate at Cardiff University School of Journalism on 24 May, an event originally envisaged as a discussion on the possible implementation of section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 as a threat to the freedom of the press or, alternatively, an opportunity for those wronged by the media to find justice. Read the rest of this entry »





The Tories hand the press their get-out-of-jail-free card – Brian Cathcart

18 05 2017

The Conservative election manifesto [pdf] reveals with absolute clarity the depth of Theresa May’s subservience to the billionaire-owned, Brexit-backing corporate national press. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking, Don’t let them fool you, most victims were not famous – Brian Cathcart

27 04 2017

It has become routine: another batch of phone hacking victims win compensation from a newspaper and the story is reported (where it is reported at all) as if only celebrities were involved.  Read the rest of this entry »