The sorry betrayal of the victims of press abuse – Natalie Fenton

23 Feb
Press Sustainability Review: A Total Sham, Part 2 – Julian Petley

No-one would deny that both the local and national press are facing problems. In the past decade more than 300 local newspapers have been closed, and two thirds of local authority areas and more than half of parliamentary constituencies no longer have a local daily newspaper covering their affairs. The number of local journalists has

22 Feb
Press Sustainability Review: A Total Sham, Part 1 – Julian Petley

The Government has recently announced a review into the sustainability of the press. According to its summary of the review’s scope, ‘the UK has always benefited from a strong, well established and diverse press sector’, and the resultant ‘robust high quality journalism is important for public debate, scrutiny, and ultimately for democratic political discourse. Yet the press currently

14 Feb
Hacked Off’s submission to the CMA in response to their Fox/Sky bid provisional findings report

Fox/Sky Submission by Hacked Off in relation to the CMA’s report on provisional findings on broadcasting standards (‘the report’). Hacked Off campaigns for free and accountable journalism. We have the support of many victims of press abuses and of many thousands of members of the public and we also engage closely with academic and legal

28 Nov
IPSO’s sham arbitration system

IPSO has announced what it falsely claims to be a new “Leveson-style” arbitration scheme in its latest attempt to mislead the public into believing that it is implementing the recommendations of the Leveson Report and providing access to justice to members of the public.  Its original “pilot” scheme had no takers and was flawed in

16 Oct

By Brian Cathcart How can press bosses justify these costly legal failures at a time when print sales are in freefall and they are closing local papers by the fistful? The ‘Enemies of the People’ have been at it again. Two judges in the High Court have defied the will of the corporate press by

14 Jul
Should Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 be in force by now? – Christopher Whitmey

The following is a guest post and originally appeared on Inforrm’s Blog – it is republished with thanks.   On 23 June 2017 the Department of Culture Media and Sport replied to a Freedom of Information request, posted on WhatDoTheyKnow, concerning the government’s Consultation on the Leveson Inquiry and its implementation. The request concerned Question 1 which was: Which of

14 Jul
Seamus Milne and the ‘Mystery Blonde’: Five years after Leveson the press still ignores privacy – Hugh Tomlinson QC

14/07/2017 On Tuesday 11 July 2017, the Times ran a story under the headline “Corbyn adviser Seamus Milne in clinch ‘with lawyer’”.  The story was illustrated by long lens photographs of Mr Milne and barrister Jennifer Robinson in an East London hotel. The story had been picked up by the Times from the Guido Fawkes blog

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09 May
Press Release: Sun Editor must take responsibility for MacKenzie slur

Responding to reports that Sun columnist Kelvin Mackenzie will not be returning to the paper after being suspended for writing an article which included slurs against the footballer Ross Barkley and the city of Liverpool, Hacked Off asks why the Sun’s editor is dodging his own responsibility. Commenting on this morning’s reports, Hacked Off’s Joint