Leveson Report

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.

Ned Simons

Senior MP Warns Of Inevitable Press Regulation 'Car Crash'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Politics

The government and newspapers are heading towards a "car crash" in their battle over the regulation of the press, the chairman of the Commons culture,...

Ned Simons

Senior MP Says 'One Man One Newspaper' Should Be The Rule

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK Politics

The chairman of the Commons political and constitutional reform committee has warned that the controversial cross-party plan to regulate the press agr...

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.

The Week That Was: Translate That

Carla Buzasi | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Carla Buzasi

The weekly email exchanges I have with the HuffPost mothership in America are usually fairly straightforward; we swap ideas for global reporting features, maybe pass requests on for a new piece of functionality. And then, every now and again, I have to explain an odd British quirk to a befuddled Yank reading an article on the UK version of the site and coming up against a brick wall of comprehension. We may share a common language, but there's still plenty of translating that needs doing.

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.

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.

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.

Lord Justice Leveson Agrees To Grilling By MPs Over Press Regulation

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has said press regulation plans proposed by the industry have "serious shortcomings" as he defended the delay in pushing through the ver...

Ned Simons

Government Outwitted Over Leveson By 'Fast Footwork' Of Newspapers

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Politics

Implementation of a new system of press regulation has been delayed in part because ministers were too slow in submitting their plan to the privy coun...

Ned Simons

Lord Justice Leveson To Be Summoned By Culture Committee

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK Politics

Lord Justice Leveson will be summoned to appear before MPs to give evidence on press regulation, the culture, media and sport committee has confirmed....

Media Reform: Time to Go Back to Leveson

Natalie Bennett | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

The fact is that quality, independent, varied media, in which a wide range of voices and public views can be heard, are essential for our democracy. Given our current problems with democracy, with sinking election turnouts and widespread disillusionment, this is an issue that cannot be ignored.

Police Can Keep Suspects' Names Secret Until Charged With Crime

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK

Criminal suspects should not be named until they are charged except if circumstances mean lives could be in danger, new official police guidance warns...

Journalism Is Not a Profession

James Alan Anslow | Posted 17.07.2013 | UK
James Alan Anslow

As an activity, journalism cannot and should not be licensed by the state or any professional body, any more than art or political protest should.

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.

Ned Simons

Culture Committee Chair Says Press Regulation Counter Offer 'Hugely Welcome'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 25.04.2013 | UK Politics

John Whittingdale, the chairman of the Commons culture, media and sport committee, has said the proposals from the newspaper industry for a system of ...

Newspaper Industry Rejects 'Ministry Of Truth' Press Regulation Plans, Propose Rival System

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 25.04.2013 | UK Politics

The newspaper industry today firmly rejected the government's plans for the future of press regulation and published its own proposal for a Royal Char...

UK Press Regulation: To Sign Up or Not to Sign Up, That Is the Question?

Paul Tweed | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK
Paul Tweed

As a practicing lawyer frequently representing a cross-section of victims ranging from A-listers to politicians, while at the same time also having a significant number of journalists and publishers on my client list, I often have to change hats when arguing for press freedom on the one hand, and striving to protect the basic reputational and other rights of the ordinary man on the street on the other.

A Letter to David Cameron about Leveson and Press Regulation

Stephanie Davies-Arai | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Politics
Stephanie Davies-Arai

Right, well. You remember the Leveson enquiry (gosh I know, seems like forever ago!) well I wrote to Leveson because I've been really worried for 42 years about Page 3. And these days there's even more stuff like that in the papers isn't there! So actually it was good to get the chance to tell someone in a position to listen.

Shame as Liberty Turns Its Back on Liberty for Journalists

Neil Wallis | Posted 02.06.2013 | UK
Neil Wallis

Liberty's website declares on its home page "Working to PROTECT CIVIL LIBERTIES, and PROMOTE HUMAN RIGHTS for everyone". But does that "everyone" not include journalists?

Ned Simons

Could Sky News Become Fox News?

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 27.03.2013 | UK Politics

Sky News should be allowed to be as politically biased as it wants, according to an influential group of peers - a proposal rejected by the head of th...

Ned Simons

'Wrong In Principle And Fundamentally Flawed'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 26.03.2013 | UK Politics

The royal charter system for the future regulation of the press agreed by David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband is probably "illegal under Europea...

The Press Don't Want Freedom of Speech

Nick Abbot | Posted 25.05.2013 | UK
Nick Abbot

The press are in a frightful tizz about their freedoms. They implore the public to come to their aid and save them from the ignominious fate of being tethered by rules and - what are they called? - standards. Yes, that's it: standards.

Michael Gove 'Uncomfortable' With Royal Charter Press Regulation

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 25.03.2013 | UK Politics

Michael Gove has indicated he is unhappy with the proposals to regulate the press and said he only voted in favour of the plan as he felt he had to as...