Press Complaints Commission

The Sunday Mirror Didn't Ask This Model's Permission To Use Her Face To Lure MP

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Politics

A Tory MP is complaining to the new press regulator over a tabloid's "entrapment" of a minister, who was tricked into "sexting" an explicit image of h...

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.

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 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.

How Many Have Complained About The Mail's Miliband Coverage?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.12.2013 | UK

The Press Complaints Commission has revealed it has so far received 726 complaints about the Daily Mail's coverage on Ralph Miliband, the Labour leade...

A Family Hurting Each Other Publicly and the Psychology of Revenge

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Raj Persaud

The extraordinary texts and phone conversations between former Lib Dem MP Chris Huhne and his son, which have been widely reported, are difficult to comprehend. Do the latest findings from the psychology of revenge provide an insight into a family hurting each other so publicly?

Leveson's Fatal Contradiction

Sir Christopher Meyer | Posted 04.03.2013 | UK Politics
Sir Christopher Meyer

There is nothing in any of the proposals aired at the inquiry or in Leveson or in the hubbub since that will make regulatory issues any more tractable than they have been for over the last two decades. Heaven knows, the PCC needed more muscle and more independence. But, there is no half-decent system of press regulation in the world that does not begin with the taking of complaints from the public. Yet Leveson rejected the notion that a complaints-driven system could justify calling itself a regulator.

Leveson: We Need to Consider a Statute-Backed System

Nadhim Zahawi | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK Politics
Nadhim Zahawi

The press have to set up the new system and why it is the press and no one else that must develop an independent regulatory regime that will adhere to the Leveson Principles. It isn't for the Prime Minister, the Cabinet or even Parliament to tell them how to do it.

That Monstrous Regiment of Hacks: Why 'Regulation' of the Press Is a Red Herring

Jane Fae | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK Politics
Jane Fae

Leveson, and the debate that follows, really is not about the r-word. But it helps press and a certain brand of outraged politician to convince the public can be convinced otherwise.

Leveson: Chewed, Swallowed, Digested

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.11.2012 | UK

The Leveson report into press ethics was released on Thursday - in four volumes - weighing 10 kilos, and covering some 2,000 pages. The Huffington...

Leveson: Over the Regulatory Cliff?

Sir Christopher Meyer | Posted 12.01.2013 | UK
Sir Christopher Meyer

The pips are squeaking. As the deadline approaches for Lord Justice Leveson to make his recommendations on press regulation to the government, the public debate gets more strident. Rumours abound that he will recommend a role for the state. The chairman of the Press Complaints Commission urged him in a speech last night not to go down this path.

More Royal Lessons for Leveson

Sir Christopher Meyer | Posted 16.11.2012 | UK
Sir Christopher Meyer

But, what about the internet, I hear you cry? Kate's topless photos have shot around the world. Doesn't this make an utter nonsense of press regulation, statutory or non-statutory? And isn't it unfair to put newspapers, already in a dodgy financial state, at a commercial disadvantage by not being able to publish content widely available online? There are no easy answers. But, unless you want to dispense with regulation altogether, to give newspapers an automatic right to reproduce anything they fancy from the internet surely cannot be justified.

Not Me, Guv: Police Say It's Not Their Job To Intrude In Prince Harry's Social Life

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.09.2012 | UK

Royal protection officers guarding Prince Harry cannot intrude into his social life, Britain's most senior policeman said today. Metropolitan Polic...

No Complaint Made Over Naked Prince Harry Photos

PA | Posted 07.09.2012 | UK

St James's Palace said it is still considering whether to make a formal complaint about The Sun's publication of nude photos of Prince Harry. The p...

3,600 Complain About Harry Nude Pictures

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.08.2012 | UK

There have been 3,600 complaints to the press watchdog about naked photographs of Prince Harry published in The Sun. The Press Complaints Commissio...

850 Complain Over Prince Harry Naked Pictures

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.08.2012 | UK

Around 850 complaints have been made to the press watchdog about naked photos of Prince Harry that were published in the Sun. The tabloid became th...

Fines Of Up To £1m Proposed By Peers At Leveson

PA | Posted 09.07.2012 | UK

Newspaper owners would face fines of up to £1 million under a proposed new system of press self regulation, an inquiry into journalistic standards ha...

A Free Press? What if Wapping were Islamabad?

Lord Carlile | Posted 08.07.2012 | UK Politics
Lord Carlile

Perhaps, after they have finished dealing with the British media, Lord Justice Leveson and Lord Hunt should offer their combined talents to Islamabad? They might be there a long time.

Man Wrongly Accused Of Jo Yeates Murder Blasts 'Lazy' Press

PA | Posted 18.05.2012 | UK

Christopher Jefferies, the man wrongly arrested by police in the hunt for the murderer of Joanna Yeates, has given a graphic account of how he was vil...

Leveson Inquiry and Restoring Public Faith in Journalism

Blair Jenkins | Posted 04.05.2012 | UK
Blair Jenkins

We need to set the bar a bit higher. A new ethical code would help to define the profession of journalism. This has become ever more important as media platforms converge and more and more new entrants arrive to challenge traditional news suppliers.

The Week That Was: Leveson

Carla Buzasi | Posted 12.04.2012 | UK Politics
Carla Buzasi

It's not every week that you find yourself part of the news you're usually reporting, but on Wednesday, rather than watching the Leveson Inquiry, I was in front of it instead. Leveson (the inquiry, not the man) is one of those strange soap operas: an almost perfect concoction of sombre celebrities, humble and not-so-humble newspaper editors, criminal action and, at its very heart, an investigation that could yet change the face of the media landscape.

The Show Must Go On: Murdoch Pledges Commitment To Beleaguered Sun Newspaper

PA | Posted 11.02.2012 | UK

Rupert Murdoch has reassured staff of his "total commitment" to continue to own and publish The Sun after five members of staff were arrested today, i...

Websites 'Should Be Consulted On Press Ethics' HuffPost UK Editor Says

Posted 08.02.2012 | UK

Digital publications should be consulted on the future shape of media regulation, the editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post UK has told the Leveson i...

Press Complaints Commission 'Scapegoated' Over Phone Hacking

Posted 07.02.2012 | UK

The Press Complaints Commission felt it had been made a "scapegoat" over its handling of the phone-hacking scandal, the Leveson Inquiry has heard. ...

Press Boss Warns Of 'Pandora's Box' Over Press Regulation

Posted 31.01.2012 | UK

Introducing a new parliamentary bill to regulate newspapers would "open a Pandora's box" which could stifle freedom of speech, the chairman of the Pre...