by Brian Cathcart The Government has launched a public consultation on ‘The Leveson Inquiry and its Implementation’. You might think that when they consult in this way it must be a thorny issue with strong arguments on both sides, but in this case you would be wrong, because one side has no arguments at all.
Consultation on Leveson: The press has no case at all
The government’s consultation on the press: Amber Rudd and Karen Bradley are trying to deceive the public
Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Culture Secretary Karen Bradley have launched a public consultation on the press, but in flagrant breach of the spirit of honest consultation they are twisting the truth and loading the odds. The full online document runs to 35 deeply flawed pages, but this article analyses only the short introduction written
We are back where we were before the Leveson Inquiry but we have an opportunity to make a difference
No one can doubt, after the events of the past few weeks, that the corporate national newspapers – Mail, Sun, Express, Telegraph – are intent on bending our political institutions to their will, no matter what damage they cause. By attacking the independence of the judiciary they threaten the rule of law. Their attempts to
by Brian Cathcart It has been a long time coming, but the first of the big reforms recommended by the Leveson Inquiry is finally going to happen, and that is good news for all of us because it means greatly enhanced access to justice in some cases where our legal rights may have been breached.
Effective press regulation will happen: Five reasons to be confident Leveson will be implemented
Brian Cathcart The big corporate papers are encouraging the idea that the result of the general election means the end of the Leveson process. Although this claim is hardly surprising given their wild-eyed desperation to avoid any form of meaningful accountability, it is wrong. Here are five reasons to be confident that independent, effective press
By Tom Rowland Analysis of the performance of the UK Press through the number of successful complaints handled by the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) reveals significant evidence of a sharp decline in standards this summer compared to the same period last year. The number of resolved complaints handled by the PCC was up nine per
The Times today publishes a letter from 11 highly distinguished UK broadcasters, [paywall] including the former Director General of the BBC, Greg Dyke, the comedian, Rory Bremner, former Today Programme Editor, Kevin Marsh and the director and producer Peter Kosminsky, rebutting the claim that effective regulation poses any threat to freedom of the press. “Far from
Former Times and Sunday Times editor, Sir Harold Evans has launched an outspoken attack on the “cynicism and arrogance” of the response by newspapers to the proposals of Lord Justice Leveson for regulatory reform and has given his public backing to the Leveson Bill proposed by Hacked Off. Going on to describe Leveson’s proposals as
Hacked Off, the campaign group which represents victims of press intrusion, is stepping up the pressure on politicians to act swiftly to adopt reforms to press regulation, opening a consultation on four draft bills which implement the recommendations of the Leveson Inquiry. For the first time, a working draft of a bill by officials at the
Since Lord Justice Leveson published his recommendations seven weeks ago, we’ve seen a flurry of activity. Three draft bills have been published – by Labour, the Lib Dem peer Lord Lester, and Hacked Off – all of which aim to put the Report into practice. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport have also produced