July Media Monitoring blog by Georgia Tomlinson Unnecessary detail. That was the problem with several newspaper stories in July. The sorts of details that are known to trigger copycat suicides by vulnerable people, intrusive details of individual’s identities that were irrelevant to the story, and details that crossed a line by intruding into grief and
When the papers give too much unnecessary detail, or not enough
The Mail on Sunday’s headline story “FREE HOTEL ROOMS FOR THE CALAIS STOWAWAYS” is not only inaccurate, misleading, and discriminatory, but to the extent that some of the migrants are known to be would-be asylum seekers, flies in the face of the industry’s own guidance for reporting on refugees and asylum seekers. From the outset,
June – Media Monitoring Blog By Daisy Cooper. Why would you identify someone in a newspaper (whether that person is an alleged criminal or a victim of a freak incident) as gay, trans, or as a traveller if that information was irrelevant to the story? And why would you create an impression that a group
Yesterday, the press complaints body IPSO ruled that the Telegraph had published inaccurate information in its front-page story “Sturgeon’s secret backing for Cameron”, but by way of a correction, only required the paper to publish a tiny note at the foot of its front-page. In its ruling, IPSO upheld the complaint that the Telegraph had
May – Media Monitoring Blog By Georgia Tomlinson and Daisy Cooper What happens when regulation fails and editors ignore public outrage? Here is a textbook example: last month Katie Hopkins’s opinion piece in the Sun entitled “Rescue boats? I’d rather use gunships to stop migrants” generated around 400 complaints to the press’s tame self-regulator, IPSO.
Lucy Reed Christopher Booker wrote about the case of Ethan Williams in The Telegraph on 20 June 2105, in an article entitled: “When judges defy instinct, it is children who pay the price – We were presented with two flatly opposing views of the story of Rebecca Minnock, who went on the run with her son“.
How the tabloid obsession with child-killers led to questions in court, and questions of morality By James Doleman (@jamesdoleman) Yesterday’s revelations that the, now defunct, News of the world tasked one of their journalists to become a prison officer so as to gather information on a child-murderer (http://www.thedrum.com/news/2015/06/16/news-world-reporter-admits-becoming-prison-guard-get-close-ian-huntley) may have shocked many but was no
By Jeevan Vipinachandran The emergence of more evidence on the extent of Phone hacking, the ongoing vilification of vulnerable individuals and recent allegations of illegal payments to police officers (including a counter-terrorism officer) have all done little to rebuild the public’s trust in newspapers. And yet, Lord Justice Leveson has already provided the press with
By Georgia Tomlinson and Daisy Cooper April media monitoring blog This month, IPSO’s legitimacy was once again in the spotlight after a number of newspaper articles highlighted its inability or unwillingness to investigate apparent breaches of the Editors’ Code of Practice. These failures have, once again, highlighted IPSO’s failure as a regulator. The most
Brian Cathcart The Daily Mail has been reassuring its readers that the delay in the repeal of the Human Rights Act (HRA) will not be indefinite and is just a matter of getting the detail right. “This is going to happen,” it quoted a government source as saying. “We will deliver it – but