Leveson Report

Can Newspapers Convince the Public IPSO Is Not a 'Sham'?

Martin Moore | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK
Martin Moore

As IPSO - the press' response to Leveson - opened for business this week, newspapers may be wondering whether they will be able to convince the public that it is not just a replica of its discredited predecessor, the Press Complaints Commission. No doubt IPSO will receive praise from newspapers themselves - at least initially. But will this be enough to paper over its shortcomings? Based on the public's response to the coverage of the Leveson Report and its implementation by the national press, the answer is no. It is highly unlikely that positive newspaper coverage will ever convince the public that IPSO is independent or effective.

No More Phone Hacking? No Great Loss

Adrian Grist | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK
Adrian Grist

I can never be sure whether any of the stories I worked on were expedited by the headlining practise of hacking. What I can be sure of is that a number of leads that had reached a dead end, had all of a sudden endless avenues after a hack's surreptitious chat with news desk elders. It is amazing what you can learn by eavesdropping on a phone call of a hack, rather than hacking a phone of a Jude Law.

Something Is Rotten...

Robin Lustig | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

Forget Andy Coulson. If you can, forget phone-hacking. The real scandal is how senior politicians - and police officers - allowed themselves to be used by a ruthless media tycoon for his own commercial ends. And if you think it's all over, it's not.

The Meaning of the Hacking Trial: A Free Press Would Be A Really Good Idea

Des Freedman | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK
Des Freedman

When asked what he thought of western civilisation, the Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi replied that 'I think it would be a great idea'. The verdicts handed down from the phone hacking trial together with the information contained during the eight months at the Old Bailey suggest pretty much the same thing. We need a free and fearless press because we certainly don't appear to have one now.

The Trick to Privacy Protection? Wear Big Pants

Amber Melville-Brown | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amber Melville-Brown

The privacy of the Duchess of Cambridge is worth its weight in lead. Not gold, but lead. Her mother-in-law, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, has never ...

The Challenges Facing Sir Alan Moses

Martin Moore | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Martin Moore

There is no reason to doubt Sir Alan's sincerity, nor his personal desire to act independently. But it will be fascinating to see how he tries to put his personal independence into practice from a position where the independence and freedom to manoeuvre is so seriously compromised and constrained before he has even stepped over the threshold.

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.