IPSO’s new “compulsory arbitration” scheme: why claimants are unlikely to use it – Evan Harris

4 05 2018

The press industry’s consumer complaints body, IPSO, has announced a new “compulsory” arbitration scheme for national newspapers.  This is the third version of the IPSO arbitration scheme.  The first two versions have had no takers and the third is unlikely to be any more successful. Read the rest of this entry »





Newspaper Industry releases revised “Editors’ Code”, more comfort for tabloids, nothing for the public – Evan Harris

3 12 2015

PressA group made up mainly of newspaper editors has released a revised version of the press industry standards code which it instructs IPSO to administer and to “take active steps to ensure that publications” adhere to. Read the rest of this entry »





Hacked Off: IPSO Year One, no regulation, no arbitration, no investigations, no independent auditing, weak excuses from the Chief Executive – Evan Harris

11 09 2015

IPSO-is-a-shamThe so-called Independent Press Standards Organisation, IPSO, was one year old this week.  It was set up in defiance of the recommendations of the Leveson Inquiry, of the views of victims, the general public and of Parliament. Read the rest of this entry »





Leveson and Murdoch: Hypocrisy and the Protection of Journalists – Evan Harris

27 01 2015

Leveson-inquiryNick Cohen has many qualities as a polemical writer and orator and is a fierce defender of free expression. We have fought many battles on the same side, not least blasphemy abolition, against an over-broad religious hatred law, and libel reform, but he is wrong about Leveson and about the Hacked Off campaign for a free and accountable press. Read the rest of this entry »





The “Forgotten Terrorists”, another piece of nonsense on the Times front page – Evan Harris

13 11 2014

TimesThe main headline on the front page of yesterday’s Times tells us that “Terrorists are exploiting the ‘right to be forgotten’”. It is a striking headline and, like the Times’ front page story three weeks ago about the police using a “loophole to hack phones”, it is total nonsense. Read the rest of this entry »





Hacked Off: Murdoch now has his eyes fixed on Europe – Evan Harris

9 08 2014

The First Editions Of The Sun On Sunday Hit The NewstandsPress Freedom goes beyond ensuring that any regulatory framework is completely independent of Government (and of course the Leveson proposals fully meet that requirement). It is also about protecting the media market from monopolistic control. Read the rest of this entry »





The PCC is still failing to hold newspapers accountable: the case of Dr Kate Stone – Evan Harris

14 05 2014

Kate StoneDr Kate Stone, a Cambridge academic, spoke on Channel 4 News on Saturday about how she had succeeded in getting no fewer than 6 national newspapers to correct a story, and that this was via a complaint to the Press Complaints Commission (PCC).  Read the rest of this entry »





Spinning in the Last Chance Saloon: Why the “Son of PCC” regulator fails all the tests, Part 2 – Evan Harris

12 07 2013

Leveson PCCIn Part One we looked at the rhetoric of the press release issued by newspaper proprietors. Here is an analysis of their claims to have implemented Leveson in their scheme. Again those people who seek to oversee journalistic ethics are guilty of distortion, misrepresentation and worse. Read the rest of this entry »





Spinning in the Last Chance Saloon: Why the “Son of PCC” regulator fails all the tests, Part 1 – Evan Harris

11 07 2013

Leveson PCCOn 8 July 2013, sections of the press industry announced in a press release their plans to  set up a self-regulator that is designed not to meet the standards required by the Leveson Report or by the Royal Charter agreed by all parties in Parliament. Read the rest of this entry »





Can you help the Campaign for Freedom of Information? Urgent Appeal for Funds – Evan Harris

1 06 2013

confidential_animationThe Campaign for Freedom of Information (“CFOI”), one of the most important public interest campaigning bodies in Britain in recent decades, is in financial difficulties and needs help urgently. Read the rest of this entry »