No Excuse: ‘It’s on the Internet’ doesn’t mean editors are free to put vulnerable people at risk

14 Aug
Charities criticise reporting over Robin Williams’s death

by Michelle Gribbon Leading mental health charities, Mind and the Samaritans, were quick to voice their criticism of the lurid headlines in some of Wednesday’s newspapers following the suicide of Robin Williams. Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, said: “We’re disappointed by reporting and headlines in many of today’s newspapers which contravene good practice set out

13 Aug
Three key reasons why the Royal Charter is better for journalists than IPSO

By Professor Brian Cathcart (@briancathcart) The Royal Charter on Self-Regulation of the Press was sealed on 30 October 2013.  It has widespread public and political support.  And, most importantly, it is better for journalists than the newspaper proprietors’ latest regulatory fig leaf, IPSO.  There are three key reasons for this. 1. The Royal Charter system

11 Aug
A Predictable Act of Political Cowardice: The Government’s Response on Media Ownership

By Professor Steven Barnett (@stevenjbarnett) If one week is a long time in politics, three years are an eternity. Remember those heady days in July 2011, as the phone-hacking scandal broke and unanimous condemnation from our political leaders’ reflected public revulsion? It wasn’t just the criminal acts targeting young or vulnerable victims that prompted a

07 Aug
Murdoch now has his eyes fixed on Europe

Press Freedom goes beyond ensuring that any regulatory framework is completely independent of Government (and of course the Leveson proposals fully meet that requirement). It is also about protecting the media market from monopolistic control. Hacked Off is supporting a Europe-wide petition calling on the EU to produce a Directive (EU legislation) to prevent the concentration of