Is Cameron surrendering to press power? – Steven Barnett

23 10 2015

National NewspapersTwo years ago, as most of the UK’s national press were furiously denouncing plans for a new model of self-regulation based on the recommendations of the Leveson report, the Guardian’s Martin Kettle wrote a powerful piece about where power lies in British politics. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Recognition Panel Launches Charter Criteria Consultation – Media Lawyer

12 06 2015

David WolfeThe Press Recognition Panel, the body set up to approve would-be industry watchdogs, has launched its consultation on how it should apply the criteria detailed in the Royal Charter put in place in the wake of the Leveson report. Read the rest of this entry »





Effective press regulation will happen: Five reasons to be confident Leveson will be implemented – Brian Cathcart

27 05 2015

Leveson ReportThe big corporate papers are encouraging the idea that the result of the general election means the end of the Leveson process. Although this claim is hardly surprising given their wild-eyed desperation to avoid any form of meaningful accountability, it is wrong. Read the rest of this entry »





Why IMPRESS is Seeking Recognition as an Independent Press Regulator – Walter Merricks

22 05 2015

waltermerricksAs soon as I was appointed Chair of IMPRESS, people asked me whether we would be seeking recognition under the Royal Charter on Self-Regulation of the Press [pdf]. It would have been absurd for me to give an immediate answer. The IMPRESS Board was yet to be appointed, let alone to hold our first meeting. When we did meet for the first time, early this year, we agreed that we would hear what people had to say for and against the Charter before reaching a decision. Read the rest of this entry »





News: IMPRESS announces that it will seek recognition under the Royal Charter

20 05 2015

THE-IMPRESS-PROJECT-1IMPRESS, the Independent Monitor for the Press, has announced that it is preparing to seek recognition under the Royal Charter on Self-Regulation of the Press [pdf]. The Charter gives effect to the principles of independent and effective regulation defined by Lord Justice Leveson after his groundbreaking inquiry into press standards. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Royal Charter Press Recognition Panel to begin on 3 November 2014

31 10 2014

PressThe Press Recognition Panel established under the Royal Charter on self-regulation of the press, will come into existence as a legal entity on 3 November 2014 when the five initial members of the Board take up their appointments. 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 »





News: PressBoF refused permission to bring “fanciful appeal” on Royal Charter

2 05 2014

Maurice KayOn 1 May 2014 Lord Justice Maurice Kay (pic) dismissed the application by the Press Standards Board of Finance (“PressBoF”) for for permission to appeal against the dismissal of their judicial review application.  No further appeal routes are available and the case is now concluded. Read the rest of this entry »





Appeasing dictators will not help press freedom – Brian Cathcart

4 03 2014

State Control of PressThe suggestion is occasionally made (see herehere  and here) that Britain should think again about its new Royal Charter on press self-regulation because foreign dictators or authoritarian governments have cited it, or may cite it, as a justification for censorship. Read the rest of this entry »





Opinion: The Royal Charter in 2014, and the Prime Minister’s thoughts – Brian Cathcart

7 01 2014

cameron-levesonThis country is now very close to settling a problem that has plagued it for generations. The problem was this: how to protect ordinary citizens from lying, bullying and unjustified intrusion carried out in the name of journalism, while at the same time ensuring that journalists were free to do the job they need to do to sustain our democracy. Read the rest of this entry »