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Government’s Leveson Announcement: a sorry betrayal of the victims of press abuse – Natalie Fenton

Last week the culture minister Matt Hancock announced the government’s response to the public consultation on the Leveson Inquiry and its implementation. The government announced that it will repeal Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 and will not continue with the Leveson Inquiry Part 2 that was supposed to consider corrupt relations between police and media and was unable to proceed at the time because of court cases that were ongoing. Continue reading

Who cares about excessive concentration of media ownership? What do the Election Manifestos reveal? – Natalie Fenton

papers_1523485cIn a recent article the Press Gazette pointed out that in 60% of the UK national newspaper market the election campaign coverage has been pro-Conservative compared to 33 % of prospective Tory voters. Research by the Media Standards Trust also points out that the Conservative party gets the most positive coverage in newspaper leader columns and Labour the most negative. Continue reading

Opinion: “A Rubicon too far” – Natalie Fenton

Caesar-crossing-the-rubiconThe Leveson report is a sturdy and serious tome of enormous merit. The result of over a year of gathering evidence; analyzing the situation and critiquing possible ways forward. The conclusion – a system of independent self-regulation backed by law. A solution that offers a means by which the industry can continue to inform and advise the criteria on which they are judged (through a Code Committee) without doing the actual judging themselves (this would be the job of the independent regulatory body). Continue reading

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