Press Regulation: We are only one signature away from a revolution in access to justice – Brian Cathcart

4 01 2018

It is a longstanding national scandal that, although in principle the law protects us against libel and breach of privacy by news publishers, with rare exceptions those laws work only for the rich. The vast majority of people in Britain simply can’t afford to go to court to uphold their right not to be lied about and and their right to have a private life. Read the rest of this entry »





Politics versus public interest in battle over press regulation – Steven Barnett

6 11 2015

NewspapersFor anyone who cares about journalism in Britain, this November is hugely significant. It could mark a new era of genuinely effective press self-regulation which will both shore up vital public interest and watchdog journalism and protect ordinary people from mistreatment by powerful news publishers. Read the rest of this entry »





Hacked Off: Three Important Recent Developments in relation to Press Regulation

28 06 2014

opinion_pollThe news this week has been dominated by the verdicts in the phone hacking trial at the Old Bailey.  But there have been three important developments this week in relation to press regulation which have not received much in the way of media coverage. Read the rest of this entry »





Press Regulation: A Pantomime of Deceit and Disinformation – Julian Petley

17 12 2013

Press regulation dealBy rejecting the Royal Charter, the majority of the British press has  done exactly the opposite of what it claims it wants to achieve: keep  politicians out of press regulation…  On November 8, 2013, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) announced that it was sending an “unprecedented top-level press-freedom mission to the United Kingdom“. Read the rest of this entry »





Leveson: The Politicians Wobble – Tim Fenton

3 07 2013

Leveson.jpgIt is claimed that the Government has decided to delay pressing ahead with the Royal Charter for press regulation – the one that enjoys all-party support – and instead, the Privy Council will next week consider the Charter submitted by the press as an alternative, which, as any fule kno, is merely a re-heating of the discredited Press Complaints Commission (PCC), supposedly to head off further legal action. Read the rest of this entry »