‘Corbyn the Commie’ smear is all about tabloid press fear of regulation – Ivor Gaber

24 02 2018

Following Labour’s better than expected election result in 2017, right-wing press hostility to Corbyn briefly died down – only to suddenly flare up again in the last week with an almost nostalgic theme. Read the rest of this entry »






The Sun’s settlement of phone-hacking cases means all eyes now on Leveson 2 – John McLellan

1 02 2018

The decision by News Group to close its phone-hacking compensation scheme in 2013 has proved to have been expensively premature – with nine more victims, including actor David Tennant and Olympic hurdler Colin Jackson, winning damages at the High Court recently. Read the rest of this entry »






Leveson: Theresa May gets her facts wrong – Brian Cathcart

12 01 2018

The Prime Minister says press reforms backed by the Lords threaten local papers. But locals already have a special opt-out– thanks to measures she helped sponsor. Read the rest of this entry »





Press Regulation: We are only one signature away from a revolution in access to justice – Brian Cathcart

4 01 2018

It is a longstanding national scandal that, although in principle the law protects us against libel and breach of privacy by news publishers, with rare exceptions those laws work only for the rich. The vast majority of people in Britain simply can’t afford to go to court to uphold their right not to be lied about and and their right to have a private life. Read the rest of this entry »





IPSO, Trevor Kavanagh and a licence to abuse minorities – Brian Cathcart

29 11 2017

However low our opinion of IPSO may be, we have to accept that some of those who have supported it, engaged with it and even worked for it have done so for sincere and honest reasons. The time has come to feel sorry for them, because they have been utterly humiliated. Read the rest of this entry »