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Whittingdale Attacks 'Draconian' Concept Of Imposing Costs On Press Even If They Win Legal Case

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK

John Whittingdale has lambasted the “draconian” concept of imposing costs on newspapers even if they win their case, as the government decides whe...

Piers Morgan And Evan Harris' Celebrity Threesome Argument Was So Heated It Spilled Onto Twitter

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK

Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan held a fiery debate on live TV with Hacked Off campaigner Evan Harris over the "absurdity" of the law allowing ...

Andrew Neil Skewers Hacked Off Campaigner Over Whittingdale Press 'Conspiracy'

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK

Andrew Neil has skewered a Hacked Off campaigner over claims John Whittingdale eased off on press regulation to appease editors and keep the story of ...

Ex-Tabloid Editor Turns Tables On BBC In Extraordinary Today Show Clash

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK

A former tabloid editor has accused the BBC of a "conspiracy" against newspapers in an explosive live interview with Nick Robinson on the Today progra...

Why Is the Editors' Code Still Not Fit for Purpose?

Angela Towers | Posted 25.03.2016 | UK
Angela Towers

The groundwork has been laid thoroughly by campaigners, charities, women's organisations and the like, who have worked tirelessly to change this situation, and yet there is still no means at all of holding the UK press to task for degrading, sexist or harmful reporting. Which leaves us wondering; is it time to update the Editors' Code?

IPSO Fails the Test

Professor Brian Cathcart | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK
Professor Brian Cathcart

How do we know when is press regulation good enough? The question is topical because IPSO, the self-regulator established by the big corporate newspapers, has been trying lately to persuade us it can be trusted to do its job.

John Cleese Compares Journalists To Murderers At Terse Press Rally

PA/The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Politics

Comedian John Cleese has likened journalists arguing for self-regulation to murderers wanting to police themselves during a press reform rally. The...

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.