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Ian Hislop Is Not Impressed With Steve Coogan

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK

Private Eye editor Ian Hislop and his deputy editor Francis Wheen have quit the campaign group Index on Censorship in protest of Steve Coogan being ma...

The Table of Statistics the Press Complaints Commission Would Rather You Didn't See

Professor Brian Cathcart | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK
Professor Brian Cathcart

It's not an oversight or an accident that the PCC fails to spell out to the public which newspapers attract the most complaints and which papers breach the code most often. Look at this table of complaints about UK national daily and Sunday newspapers for 2013, compiled by Hacked Off from the PCC Monthly Complaint Summaries, and you will soon get an idea of who benefits if the public doesn't see these figures...

The Royal Charter in 2014, and the Prime Minister's Thoughts

Professor Brian Cathcart | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Politics
Professor Brian Cathcart

This 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. The solution is the Royal Charter on press self-regulation.

Caroline Frost

Steve Coogan's 'Effort To Do Something Sincere'

HuffingtonPost.com | Caroline Frost | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment

Steve Coogan says of his film 'Philomena', that he wanted to say something "sincere and uncynical". The Alan Partridge star has been Golden Globe-...

Another Weary Myth: '300 Years of Press Freedom'

Professor Brian Cathcart | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Professor Brian Cathcart

In 2009 newspapers were arguing to MPs that the existence of a no-win-no-fee system giving some ordinary people the ability to sue papers for breaching their rights was an unacceptable constraint on press freedom. The talk of 300 years of press freedom is not based on the facts but is an argument of convenience. Today these papers declare that the press has been free for centuries, but tomorrow, if it suits them, the same papers will insist with equal ardour that the press has never been free.

Brooks 'Shocked, Appalled' By Milly Dowler Phone Hack Story

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK

Rebekah Brooks brought in a new policy at News International about email deletion, which she "may have had a personal interest in", a court has heard....

The Week That Was: Running Scared

Carla Buzasi | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Carla Buzasi

What did you do with your extra hour last Sunday? If Instagram were to be believed, I'd hazard a guess it was working on your Halloween costume. Yep, forget Christmas, if there's a 'festival' worth getting dressed up for, Halloween appears to be very much it... with us Brits having taken a cue from our American cousins and embraced the event with gusto this year. Away from pumpkins and cat costumes, it was a toss up this week as to who got the biggest fright.

Read All About It...(While You Still Can)

Emily Stacey | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Emily Stacey

The fact is that many journalists see regulation, whether self or statuary, as 'crossing the Rubicon' and an invasion into the historic traditions of the British free press. Statuary regulation conjured up by the government in the interests of the politicians? Not under our watch.

Newspapers Thrown Out By Court Of Appeal

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK

Newspaper and magazine publishers have been refused an urgent injunction to stop ministers going to the Privy Council to seek the Queen's approval for...

For the Public Benefit: Why Everyone Should Back the Royal Charter on Press Self-Regulation

Professor Brian Cathcart | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Professor Brian Cathcart

Much of the press has wildly misread the public mood on press reform. After a weekend of Leveson-bashing and breathless attacks on the Royal Charter agreed by parliament, a new poll conducted by YouGov for the Media Standards Trust and reported in the Guardian shows public backing for the judge's reform to be as strong as ever.

Proposals For Royal Charter On Press Regulation Criticised By Newspaper Industry

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK

The revamped proposals for the Royal Charter to regulate the press have been criticised by members of the newspaper industry, with opponents saying th...

Lesson From History - A Message to David Cameron

Professor Steven Barnett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Professor Steven Barnett

If David Cameron skewers the cross-party Charter, we can be absolutely certain that the cycle of abuse will continue... Parliament has delivered its verdict, with overwhelming support from the public, and it's now up to Cameron to hold his nerve.

The Top 20 Benefits of Parliament's Royal Charter

Professor Brian Cathcart | Posted 07.12.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Brian Cathcart

Parliament's Royal Charter, which implements the Leveson recommendations and is endorsed by all parties in Parliament, will benefit everyone and will enhance freedom of expression. These are the top 20 benefits. One: If a news publisher has harmed you in a way that breaches the industry standards code, for example by getting facts wrong or intruding unjustifiably in private grief, you can take your complaint to a new, genuinely independent and impartial complaints service - free.

There Is No Impasse - There Is a Process

Professor Brian Cathcart | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Brian Cathcart

Editors, we hear, are filing one by one through the door of Downing Street, bending the prime minister's ear about royal charters and press regulators. You must do something, they warn him, or there will be an impasse, a stalemate. They are wrong. There is no impasse; there is a process. Lord Justice Leveson foresaw that some editors and proprietors would stubbornly resist change and he made provision for this.

Papers Scale the Height of Hypocrisy

Professor Brian Cathcart | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Brian Cathcart

We are asked to believe that while the poor newspapers have been hounded over phone hacking, 'blue-chip companies' of all sorts are getting clean away with paying private investigators to break the law on a vast scale. What is striking about this claim is not the fragmentary evidence on which it is based nor the way it has been overblown in the newspapers (and we will return to those matters soon), but the breathtaking hypocrisy of it all.

The Public Tells the Press Bosses: Do What Leveson Proposed

Professor Brian Cathcart | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Brian Cathcart

The country simply does not trust the press to handle complaints fairly or uphold journalistic standards effectively, without the independent checks proposed by Lord Justice Leveson. It wants to see, at the very least, a future press self-regulator undergoing regular inspections by an external body to ensure it meets basic standards of independence and effectiveness.

A Simple Choice: The Interests of the Public or the Self-Interest of the Press Barons

Professor Brian Cathcart | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Brian Cathcart

Our choice is plain. Do we have the latest model, cosmetically-altered self-regulator designed to serve the interests of the industry that owns it, or do we have a truly independent body that meets standards proposed by an exhaustive public inquiry and protects citizens from abuse while also protecting free speech?

Royal Charter: The Wait Goes On

Professor Brian Cathcart | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Brian Cathcart

It is an ugly spectacle: a Cabinet minister being pushed around in public by a powerful and unscrupulous vested interest. But that seems to be what is happening to Maria Miller, and she is not putting up much of a fight. This week she announced that she would give precedence to the wishes of PressBoF, an organisation of newspaper bosses roundly condemned in the Leveson Report, over the wishes of every single party in our elected Parliament, as expressed in a formal motion on 18 March.

Prof James Curran: 'We Want to Shrink the Media Moguls'

Joe Sandler Clarke | Posted 01.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Sandler Clarke

The Media Reform Coalition are pressing for something Curran refers to as the "elephant in the room". A 15 percent cap on cross-media ownership, giving up 20 percent of any given news market to public service obligations, and in the case of the 15 percent threshold, diluting share ownership to further undermine the power of publishers.

An Arrogant 'Concession'

Professor Brian Cathcart | Posted 10.07.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Brian Cathcart

We have a Royal Charter that has been approved by every single party in Parliament. It is backed by the mass of public opinion. And it is based on the recommendations of a year-long, judge-led public inquiry of remarkable thoroughness. And now the people who run some of our big newspaper corporations - an industry condemned by that inquiry for 'wreaking havoc in the lives of innocent people' - say they have made a concession towards it.

The Real Royal Charter: Ten Gains for the Public

Professor Brian Cathcart | Posted 30.06.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Brian Cathcart

The Royal Charter on the press that was approved by all parties in Parliament on 18 March will benefit the public in many ways. The Charter, which is based on the recommendations of the year-long Leveson Inquiry and has the support of many victims of press abuses, creates a framework for press self-regulation that meets basic regulatory standards.

The Sovereign's Dilemma

Sir Christopher Meyer | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK Politics
Sir Christopher Meyer

The politicians' draft Royal Charter is supposed to be a wizard wheeze to entrench "voluntary independent self-regulation", Judge Leveson's Orwellian oxymoron, without crossing David Cameron's Rubicon into statutory regulation. Of course, it does nothing of the kind. It is state regulation by any other name.

It Was Always Predictable the Press Would Try to Boycott Any Leveson-Compliant System

Max Mosley | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK Politics
Max Mosley

When you've been untouchable and all powerful and have successfully fought off seven previous government attempts to put an end to press abuse, you don't give your power up lightly. So the announcement that three newspaper groups have "rejected" the Royal Charter, recently agreed by a united House of Commons, is not surprising.

Why Britain Had to Act on Press Abuses

Professor Brian Cathcart | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Brian Cathcart

This is not a story that can be understood from headlines alone, partly because in Britain the headlines have so often wildly distorted the truth. Despite what you may have read, there is no threat by British politicians to interfere with press freedom. There is, however, a powerful consensus for change.

Leveson 'Chill' Factor Will Become a 'Freeze' Factor

Francis Ingham | Posted 29.05.2013 | UK Politics
Francis Ingham

What has been quite remarkable since the prime minister did his u-turn on press regulation is how support has moved away from the Hacked Off lobbyists, and towards those concerned that the PM's 'dab' of legislation does indeed cross the Rubicon.