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Press complaints-handler’s credibility falls to new low: IPSO fails to find “made-up” quote inaccurate

In an IPSO ruling published today, the complaints-handler found that a Times article with an invented quotation was nonetheless compliant with the Editors’ Code.   The Times article alleged that, in respect of children seeking to transition gender:   Parents who hesitate over medical intervention are told by some activists: “Better a living daughter than…

The Scruton tapes: lack of self-awareness at the Spectator

Douglas Murray, a man who told Nick Ferrari on LBC in 2017 that “less Islam” is the answer to having less terrorism the UK, has composed a cover page Spectator piece defending the ‘character assassination’ of Sir Roger Scruton.   Former government adviser Roger Scruton was sacked from his position within the Conservative Party earlier…

Government urged to rule out moves to weaken protections on editorial independence at The Times

Hacked Off and the Media Reform Coalition have written to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Jeremy Wright QC, to insist that he takes off the table any possibility of weakening the protections on editorial independence at The Times and The Sunday Times newspapers.  The text of the letter is set…