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The Strange Tale Of Boris Johnson And A Drug Dealing Sting

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK

Boris Johnson posed as a drug dealer in an elaborate sting that wouldn't go amiss in a Hollywood movie, it has been revealed. When the London mayor...

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

Martin Moore | Posted 08.11.2014 | 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.

Phone Hacking Is Forever

Mark Oaten | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK
Mark Oaten

The people who hacked my phone and appeared outside my house a cold January morning over eight years ago, bringing my career and life as I knew it to a end, are now all in jail. And with the latest phone hacking scandal, I should feel the wheel has turned; perhaps a sense of revenge or justice.

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 Phone Hacking Trial Is Over - Now Murdoch Needs to Implement Leveson

Professor Brian Cathcart | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK
Professor Brian Cathcart

Now the hacking trial verdicts have confirmed that the country's biggest newspaper company suffered a catastrophic collapse in standards, the question must be: has Rupert Murdoch done what is necessary to ensure it won't happen again? And the answer is no, he has not. In fact Murdoch has done the reverse. He has joined a conspiracy with other press bosses to prevent the changes that were demanded by the Leveson Inquiry - changes endorsed by all parties in Parliament, by victims of press abuse and by the public.

A Rare Prosecution, But Not the First

Steve Kuncewicz | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK
Steve Kuncewicz

This trial was the eye of a perfect storm in that was a very high-profile case and a much more far-reaching prosecution in terms of punishment and implication than we saw in 2006... Whether or not the law around phone hacking is changed or new offences created will probably depend on the public reaction to Coulson's sentence.

Though Huge Threats Remain, I Hope That We Are Turning a Corner on Press Freedom

Lord Black | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Politics
Lord Black

The whole of the British press - despite the fact that 95% of it was never involved in the hacking of phones which led to this crackdown - was subjected to a judicial inquiry with draconian powers, greater than those handed to the Chilcot Inquiry which is looking into the war in Iraq in which 100,000 people died... Not only has this been hugely dangerous for the press in Britain, it has robbed us of all moral authority to be able to try to help countries battling authoritarianism in establishing a free press.

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.

Why the BBC's Worth It

Wendy Jones | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Wendy Jones

As the corporation gears up to negotiating the renewal of the Royal Charter and defending the licence fee (why Ian Fletcher was brought in, after all), W1A is a reminder of why the BBC is worth it. Ok, there are a few other reasons, like BBC News and Radio 4 and live music and (now) the World Service.... You don't have to like them all, just enough of them.

The Folly of the Newspapers' IPSO Scheme

Professor Brian Cathcart | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK Politics
Professor Brian Cathcart

Deaf to everyone else and in denial about their own disgraceful record, the people who run Britain's biggest newspaper groups are forging ahead with their 'IPSO' scheme to regulate their affairs on their own terms. It can't be said often or plainly enough: hardly a soul outside their immediate circle agrees that this is the right way forward.

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.

'Stick Your Royal Charter In The Privy!'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson has called on newspaper editors to rally behind the Spectator magazine in opposing the Royal Charter governing Britain's new system of p...

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,...

Marr Tells Coogan: I Can See Why Newspapers Are Worried

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Tom Moseley | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK

Andrew Marr has said he sympathises with newspapers in their battle over press regulation. The broadcaster, a former editor of the Independent, tol...

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.

'A Judicial Farce'

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 31.10.2013 | UK

SEE ALSO: Queen signs royal charter despite papers' bid to prevent it Newspapers are not giving up without a fight, after the Queen signed a contro...

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...

Court Rejects Newspapers' 'Weak' Argument Against Press Regulation

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK

Furious newspaper publishers are considering an urgent appeal after the High Court rejected their bid to block a new cross-party royal charter to regu...

LOOK: Bizarre Advert For British Newspapers

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK

A new advertising campaign has been launched, to highlight the best of the British newspaper industry. The adverts aim to highlight the "distinctiv...

Leveson QC Robert Jay Admits Inquiry Was Sometimes 'Naive'

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK Politics

The lead barrister for the Leveson inquiry has admitted that the inquiry had sometimes been "naive" in its questioning of witnesses during the investi...

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.

The Guardian vs The Mail vs The BBC

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 12.10.2013 | UK

The bitter war of words between the Mail and the Guardian over press freedom, morality and secrecy has seen the BBC sucked into the debate, with the M...

Lord Sugar: Paul Dacre Is A 'Tyrant' And Should Be Removed

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Politics

Lord Sugar, the Labour peer and star of The Apprentice, has attacked the editor of the Daily Mail for being a "tyrant" and demanded parliament "flex i...