The Daily Mirror Sues a Source From Whom It Stole a Story – Jonathan Coad

29 07 2016

Daily Mirror front page- Tulisa and Danny SimpsonThe Court of Appeal gave judgment on 26 July 2016 in a case which the Mirror is suing a young single mother called Stephanie Ward from which whom it stole a story which the paper then published as an “exclusive” on its front page. Read the rest of this entry »





The Courts Both Uphold the Rule of Law and Prioritise the Human Rights of Individuals and Children Over the Commercial Interests of the Tabloid Press – Jonathan Coad

31 05 2016

Sun PJSThe PJS v NGN injunction case is just another ugly example of a paid tabloid betrayal/kiss-and- tell story without a shred of genuine public interest while of considerable financial value to both the betrayer and the newspaper. Rarely does a legal case receive so much press attention as when tabloids are outraged by their inability to report on a celebrity threesome they claim is of interest to the public (rather than of legitimate public interest). Read the rest of this entry »





Ipso Fails Another Big Test Over Sun’s ‘Queen Backs Brexit’ Headline – Jonathan Coad

18 05 2016

sun-queen-backs-brexitThe Sun’s notorious “QUEEN BACKS BREXIT” headline was published on 9 March. The Queen’s complaint was made on the same day. Some 10 weeks later Ipso has published its adjudication despite claiming on its website to offer a “speedy resolution” to complaints. Read the rest of this entry »





Cameron, the Press and a Conspiracy to Make You Forget – Brian Cathcart

7 04 2016

cameron-levesonHow good is your memory? Does it stretch back to 2013? Or perhaps 2011? Right now, David Cameron is hoping it doesn’t. In those years he made a lot of promises that are no longer convenient for him, so he would prefer you forgot them. Read the rest of this entry »





‘The Sun’ Misleads the Nation on Its Front Page About the Queen’s Views on the EU Referendum – Jonathan Coad

11 03 2016

Labelled “EXCLUSIVE: BOMBSHELL CLAIM OVER EUROPE VOTE” the Sun in letters more than 6cm high exclaims: “QUEEN BACKS BREXIT”. This startling revelation is then followed by the Sun sub-heading “EU going in wrong direction, she says”. The Sun is however guilty of a grotesque deception not only of its own readers but of millions who have not bought the paper or visited its website. Read the rest of this entry »





IPSO fails the test – Brian Cathcart

24 02 2016

IPSOSHAMPOSTER-2How do we know when is press regulation good enough? The question is topical because IPSO, the self-regulator established by the big corporate newspapers, has been trying lately to persuade us it can be trusted to do its job. Read the rest of this entry »





How the fearmongering “Sun” distorts its polls – Steven Barnett

24 11 2015

Sun Front Page JihadisYesterday’s front page headline in the Sun covers almost the entire page. Accompanied by a chilling photo of a knife-wielding “Jihadi John” in black balaclava, it proclaims “1 IN 5 BRIT MUSLIMS’ SYMPATHY FOR JIHADIS”. It is a lie. Even worse, it is a shameful distortion of its own polling data, consciously designed to fuel terror and distrust of Muslims. Read the rest of this entry »





The Press itself is a vital election issue – Brian Cathcart

6 04 2015

PressA front-page lead (‘Lib Dems seek US-style first amendment‘) and on the same day a leading article (‘Press attacks on Labour are not new. . .‘): in this election the media themselves are clearly part of the debate. Read the rest of this entry »