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Did the UK’s newspapers swing it for Brexit? – Jonathan Heawood

sun-queen-backs-brexitOn the face of it, democracy is the ultimate self-regulatory system. Don’t like your government? Elect a new one. Don’t like the European Union? Vote to leave. The people have their say, and our institutions are forced to listen. But this does not mean that democracy is a free-for-all. Without rules, the odds would be stacked in favour of the most powerful players and the loudest voices. Freedom for the pike would be death for the minnows. Continue reading

The Legacy of Leveson and a new era for journalism – Jonathan Heawood

Lord Justice LevesonThe Press Recognition Panel, the body set up after the Leveson Inquiry to give life to a new system of press regulation, has opened its doors for business. This is good news for the press and the public alike. If a press regulator is recognised by this body, it will be able to offer British journalists effective protection from the chilling effects of bullying litigation and also protect the public by requiring news publishers to adhere to a framework of accountability. Continue reading

The IMPRESS Project: a viable, independent model of press regulation? – Jonathan Heawood

jonathan-heawood-150x150IPSO has now officially launched, but it did so under a cloud, and with the support of only part of the industry. The Independent, the Guardian and the Financial Times no longer belong to the self-regulatory body for press journalism. This was not the outcome intended by Leveson, Parliament, nor the public, and this is why the IMPRESS Project is in the process of designing an alternative. Continue reading

Six tests for the chair of IPSO – Jonathan Heawood

Old typewriterHow independent is the Independent Press Standards Organisation (“IPSO”)? It’s hardly independent of politicians, with two Conservative Peers on its interim Board (David Hunt and Michael Grade) and scope for further political Peers to sit on the Board of the regulator. And it’s hardly independent of the major newspaper publishers, who will control its processes and purse strings through the Regulatory Funding Company. Continue reading

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