What We Do

Hacked Off are committed to exposing the failures of the press industry’s toothless regulator.

Corporate national newspapers refused to implement Leveson’s recommendations. Instead they revamped their discredited self-regulator, the Press Complaints Commission, giving it a new name: the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO).

IPSO is a sham – it isn’t raising press standards, it is giving editors a continuing license to do what they want.

Read more on IPSO’s failures here.

Hacked Off are campaigning for Part 2 of the Leveson Inquiry into police and press corruption to take place.

Part 1 only looked into press regulation, not the specifics of any wrongdoing, the conspiracies or cover-ups. Part 2 could not begin until the criminal and civil trials had been completed, which they now have.

We need Leveson Part 2 if we are to get to bottom of the alleged collusion between police, press, and politicians. Evidence of police corruption and newspapers’ cover-up of widespread illegality cannot be allowed to be swept under the carpet.

Read more about why we need Part 2 of the Inquiry here.

Hacked Off are campaigning for the commencement of a key access to justice measure – Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act.

Suing a newspaper for libel or invasion of privacy is expensive. Equally, most small publishers cannot afford to defend themselves against claims by rich individuals or companies.

Section 40 is designed to level the playing field, to provide access to justice for the public whilst protecting investigative journalists from the costly legal threats of rich litigants.

The big newspapers are fighting tooth and nail to stop Section 40 happening. They don’t want those they have wronged to have quick and cheap access to justice.

Read more about our fight to guarantee press abuse victims access to justice here.


The Press and Sir Cliff: They Have No Idea

By Brian Cathcart. The response of editors to the judgment shows them out of touch with the public and digging an ever-deeper hole of contempt for their journalism   One of the marvels of the modern national press is its limited self-awareness. Here’s a small example: among all the pieties uttered about press freedom after…

YouGov Poll: Public backs Court’s decision in Cliff Richard Case, 86% favour investigation anonymity

A YouGov opinion poll conducted on 19 and 20 July 2018 has shown overwhelming public support for pre-charge anonymity of suspects.  The results are startling: 86% of respondents support the anonymity of suspects under inviestgation and 83% support the anonymity of those arrested.Mr Justice Mann’s decision in Sir Cliff Richard v BBC that the claimant had a right to…

A dose of reality about IPSO for Matt Hancock

By Professor Brian Cathcart (@BrianCathcart)     ‘Even a cursory consideration shows it does not meet the requirements,’ says the Press Recognition Panel – after the Culture Secretary told us IPSO was just great.       Matt Hancock, the Culture Secretary, is an outspoken fan of IPSO, the sham ‘regulator’ operated by the government’s…

Press Releases

IPSO’s “compulsory” arbitration scheme is neither fair nor compulsory

02/08/2018   On August 1st 2018 IPSO announced a new “compulsory” element to its arbitration scheme. This is the third version of the scheme which still fails to meet the Leveson Report’s requirements on arbitration and has not been used by a single claimant.   Commenting, Hacked Off Director Dr Evan Harris said, “IPSO claims this…

Sir Cliff Richard wins privacy case against BBC and South Yorkshire Police

18/07/2018 PRESS RELEASE:  “The relationship between the media and police behind this disturbing invasion into Sir Cliff’s privacy is exactly what should be investigated in Part Two of the Leveson Inquiry”   This morning it was announced that Sir Cliff Richard had won his privacy case against the BBC and South Yorkshire Police, following the…

Dacre resignation provides no comfort to the victims of Daily Mail misconduct and alleged illegal newsgathering

06/06/2018 Paul Dacre has announced his resignation as Editor of the Daily Mail.  He will become chairman and editor-in-chief of Associated Newspapers.   Commenting, Hacked Off Executive Director Dr Evan Harris said, “Mr Dacre’s decision to resign today will bring no comfort to the victims of the Mail’s many years of unethical and bullying conduct. …