About

The Hacked Off Campaign was established in 2011 in response to the phone-hacking revelations and campaigns for a free and accountable press for the public.

 

We work closely with victims of press abuse and are happy to help advise all members of the public. We are not affiliated to any political party.

In 2012, Sir Brian Leveson published Part One of his report into the press and regulation, and recommended (like others before him) that the press be regulated by a completely independent system; with punitive powers, arbitration and prominent corrections & apologies.

The Leveson report showed how it was possible to protect ordinary people from cruel and unethical treatment by the press while at the same time safeguarding and enhancing freedom of expression.

In March 2013, the three main political parties supported the implementation of Leveson’s reforms, and so did the public. In fact more than 175,000 people signed our petition calling for immediate implementation.

5 years later however, this has still not happened. Press abuse continues and in the place of the PCC, the majority of newspapers in the UK are regulated by another toothless complaints-handling body, IPSO.

 

After 70 years of failed regulation the public deserve a genuine, independent regulator.

Hacked Off continue to campaign for Leveson’s recommendations to be implemented in full and for the second part of the Leveson Inquiry into press and police corruption to go ahead as promised.

The corporate press may have the megaphone, the money and the might, but they do not have right on their side.

We are committed to stopping the Government reneging on its promises and we will not stop holding power to account. 

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Civil Society Groups

Hacked Off is not the only organisation concerned about the culture, practices and ethics of the press. Many other civil society groups are keen to see the media landscape change, and several gave evidence to Part One of the Leveson Inquiry.

Key People

Dr Evan Harris

Executive Director, Former Liberal Democrat MP

Hugh Tomlinson QC

Board Chair

Terrence Tehranian

Entrepreneur

Tamsin Allen

Solicitor, Head of Media & Information Law, Bindmans LLP

Mandy Cormack

An advisor on international CSR practice

Edward Bowles

Victim of press intrusion

Jacqui Hames

Consultant, Trainer, presenter & target of press abuse

Prof. Brian Cathcart

Founder

Vacancies

Position:  Executive Director

Sector/Industry: Not-for-Profit

Location: Central London

Reporting to: The Board of Directors

Employment Type: full / part-time

Remuneration: competitive

Start Date: October 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter

Closing date for applications: Midnight July 2 2018

Hacked Off, the campaign for a free and accountable press, is seeking a skilled leader with vision, passion and a proven political campaigning track-record to lead the press reform campaign to fully implement the Leveson Recommendations. The role will offer the successful candidate a unique opportunity to secure press accountability in the UK, to protect press freedom, and to bring the UK’s press regulation up to twenty-first-century best practice around the world.

Against the background of concerns over ‘fake news’ on and off-line, diminished political accountability, and the decline of local newspapers, re-building trust in news organisations and ensuring access to justice for victims of abuses of press power has never been more important, or tantalisingly close.

If you have a cool-head, first-class campaigning experience and thrive leading multi-functional teams, please apply. Your campaign, fundraising, lobbying and public communication skills could be just what we are looking for to help complete the Leveson Recommendations and revolutionise the role and standing of the press in British political life.

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