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.

Victim Liaison

Hacked Off works closely with victims of press abuse and intrusion, offering them assistance and advice when they find themselves at the centre of unwanted media attention.

We understand that ill-health, trauma, tragedy and bereavement can often be magnified by press intrusion and harassment.

If you would like advice or assistance, or wish to share your experience with us in confidence, please visit our Victim Liaison page.


Gatwick Drones and Cliff’s Law debate: privacy invasion without public interest justification

Debate on whether a new law should be introduced, dubbed ‘Cliff’s Law’, has recently resurfaced. This is in part due to the ‘Gatwick Drones’ coverage over the Christmas period, when a couple was, in effect, wrongly accused on the front page of two national newspapers of being involved in criminal activity after they were arrested…

Innocent couple vilified in Gatwick drones coverage

Innocent members of the public have once again been exposed nationwide in newspapers over a crime they did not commit.   You will be familiar with the “Gatwick drones” story that dominated the media and news headlines over the holiday period, grounding Gatwick airport three times in three days and leaving 140,000 passengers stranded right…

Rod Liddle’s Sunday Times article may incite hatred, but IPSO is powerless to act

The Sunday Times has been widely condemned for running a column by Rod Liddle over the weekend in which he suggests extremists should blow themselves up in London’s Tower Hamlets, away “from where the rest of us live.” The piece has been widely criticised for inciting violence; with politicians from the borough labelling Liddle as…

Press Releases

Microsoft browser warns users that Daily Mail website “fails to maintain basic standards of accuracy”.

Hacked Off respond to revelations that the Mail have been found uncredible as a news source by Microsoft browser add-on NewsGuard: “A powerful and saddening indictment of the absence of regulation for most British newspapers.” This is what happens when newspapers are not independently regulated: fake news in national newspapers goes uncorrected, innocent people like…

Press Release: News Media Association abandons legal challenge against PRP

16.01.19 The News Media Association (NMA) has abandoned its appeal against a Judicial Review ruling made by the High Court in October 2017. The Court rejected the NMA’s attempt to challenge the status of IMPRESS as the first ‘approved’ regulator, and the NMA lodged an appeal against this decision to the Court of Appeal. Today…

Hacked Off demand protections for the innocent who are named before charge

On December 23rd 2018 two innocent members of the public were identified in national newspapers as being arrested on suspicion of criminal activity relating to the drone interference at Gatwick airport the prior week.   This follows the judgment in July 2018; that the BBC had breached Sir Cliff Richard’s right to privacy in identifying…