Preventing social media harm: an idea – Simon Carne

22 03 2019

There are widespread calls to regulate social media. Hardly a day goes by without some new outrage which eclipses what we have seen already. One of the great problems for anyone wishing to put a stop to the abuse is that social media users can easily make themselves anonymous Read the rest of this entry »





Reporters Sans Frontiers: not my idea of a knock out – Simon Carne

12 05 2017

I was disappointed to read recently that the UK has dropped to 40th place in the World Press Freedom Index. Among the 39 countries which are said to offer the press greater freedom than the UK are South Africa, Surinam and Namibia, according to the ranking body Reporters Sans Frontiers.   Read the rest of this entry »





The Section 40 debate shows just how much our press needs a proper regulator – Simon Carne

13 01 2017

Local NewspapersIn recent weeks, the press has bombarded its readers with warnings that the Government is threatening to impose financial penalties on publishers if they do not sign-up to the regulator, IMPRESS. This is utterly misleading on so many levels. Read the rest of this entry »





Press and Counter-Press: Can publishers avoid the financial consequences of their choice to be regulated by IPSO? [Updated]- Simon Carne

21 09 2016

NewspapersIn a free society, a vital ingredient is a strong press – strong enough to speak truth to power. But when the press, itself, is a source of power, who is strong enough to speak truth back to them? Read the rest of this entry »





Sir Alan Moses and the Culture Secretary – Simon Carne

17 04 2016

Sir Alan MosesIt has been a strange week for those of us who took a keen interest in press regulation as a result of the Leveson Inquiry. Read the rest of this entry »