Australian law says the media can’t spin lies: ‘entertainment magazines’ aren’t an exception – Andrew Dodd

25 02 2020

In a recent ruling the Australian Press Council has given a signal to gossip magazines it is OK to make up and publish rubbish about people, so long as the stories aren’t “blatantly incorrect”. Read the rest of this entry »





Online harms: the good, the bad and the unclear – David Barker

22 02 2020
When the government published its online harms white paper (OHWP) last spring we explained our view that the ideas in the white paper should represent the start of a journey towards greater regulation, rather than the final destination of that journey.

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Online Harms White Paper: The Government’s Initial Consultation Response – Cathryn Hopkins and Dan Tench

14 02 2020

On 12 February 2020 the Government published its initial response (the “Response”) to last year’s Online Harms White Paper consultation. The Response leaves many issues concerning the regulatory and legislative structure yet to be decided (such as funding and enforcement powers), with the final policy to be published by the Government in the spring. Read the rest of this entry »





Manchester United, the Sun and that complaint to the “press regulator” IPSO – Brian Cathcart

11 02 2020

Complaining to IPSO, the fake ‘regulator’ operated by the big newspaper companies, is almost always a waste of time, first because the dice are loaded against complainants and second because, even if you win and your complaint is upheld, IPSO has no power to deliver a meaningful remedy. Read the rest of this entry »





The Irish Government’s proposed Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill has a surprising omission – Eoin O’Dell

15 01 2020

Last October and November, I sketched the evolution of the government’s proposals for a digital safety commissioner. Following a consultation process last Spring, and missing the deadline of the end of the year by a few weeks, they have published their proposals for the general scheme of the Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill. Read the rest of this entry »






Is there a crisis in British Journalism? Consider this – Brian Cathcart

13 11 2019

A shameful catalogue of events has been unfolding, but most journalists refuse to face it – or report it.  All of these are current or recent: Read the rest of this entry »





Media regulation : Ofcom set to examine BBC Panorama anti-Semitism programme. Paddy French

8 11 2019

Which is the more professional broadcaster when it comes to investigative reporting — the BBC or Al Jazeera? That’s the intriguing question that’s going to be answered by Ofcom’s forthcoming ruling on the BBC Panorama programme Is Labour Anti-Semitic? In January 2017. Read the rest of this entry »