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

30 06 2016

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. Read the rest of this entry »





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

3 10 2015

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. Read the rest of this entry »





The IMPRESS Project, May 2015 Newsletter – Jonathan Heawood

9 05 2015

THE-IMPRESS-PROJECT-1Over the next five years, we will discover, among other things, Scotland’s future within the United Kingdom and the United Kingdom’s future within Europe. We will also discover the fate of independent self-regulation of the press. Read the rest of this entry »





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

5 10 2014

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. Read the rest of this entry »





Six tests for the chair of IPSO – Jonathan Heawood

2 04 2014

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. Read the rest of this entry »





Press regulation the IMPRESS way – Jonathan Heawood

29 03 2014

NewspapersI always wanted to be a journalist. I used to write up the news from our village on sheets of paper that my dad brought home from work. I thought that journalism was like the blues: all you need is a typewriter and the truth. Read the rest of this entry »





Pressing for press accountability in Britain – Jonathan Heawood

12 02 2014

For 65 years, newspapers in Britain have run a system grandly known as self-regulation. It is little more than a complaints-handling service. The current body, the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) has – like its predecessors – lost public confidence for failing to hold newspapers accountable to their own standards. Read the rest of this entry »