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IPSO’s treatment of Mandy Garner exposes the cruelty of a complaints-handling system designed to protect the press

Read Mandy’s story, in her own words, here. Mandy is the mother of Anisha, a young woman who…

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“How much did they get out of turning my daughter’s death into voyeurism?”

By Mandy Garner, @workmumontherun   Mandy's daughter, Anisha At 9.45pm on 19th February my 20-year-old daughter Anisha was…
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How white supremacists use national newspaper stories as their own propaganda

Report published: White Supremacism, the press and the absence of regulation Internet forums are fertile breeding grounds for…

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IPSO shirks responsibility for false newspaper stories’ circulation on extremist forums: rebuttal

Our recent report, White Supremacism, the Press and the Absence of Regulation, showed how false newspaper stories critical…

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Hacked Off write to Home Secretary demanding tougher action to protect the public from extremism

The Hacked Off campaign has today written to the Home Secretary to call on the Government to address…

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FAKE NEWS: Hacked Off report exposes neo-Nazis’ dissemination of newspapers’ false stories.

Hacked Off have today published a report into the dissemination of false newspaper stories by extremists online. The…

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Paul Dacre Should Not Be Allowed Anywhere Near Ofcom

  THE TIMES reported the weekend before last that former Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre had been asked…

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Sir Harry Evans and the corruption of the UK press: Freedom for What?

Sir Harry Evans, a pioneer of investigative journalism and widely considered to be one of the greatest journalists…

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IPSO’s Chairman asks why Harry & Meghan didn’t complain to IPSO. We can think of a few reasons.

IPSO’s Chairman is apparently surprised, in an interview published today in The Times, that Harry and Meghan have…

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Hacked Off responds to new research highlighting lack of diversity in the press

  A report by Women in Journalism has exposed a serious lack of diversity in the media and,…

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How the press gets away with discrimination

This blog was originally published on the website of The Traveller Movement.  It is republished here with permission and…

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Another Anti-Muslim Piece in Murdoch’s Flagship Paper Ends in a Libel Settlement

This article was originally published in the Byline Times, and is re-published here with permission and our thanks.…

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Guestpost from Abdul Tahhan, Refugee Journalism Project: Migration reporting must show greater humanity

  Abdulwahab Tahhan is a researcher and occasionally a standup comedian, raised in Aleppo, Syria and now based…

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Guest post: Tactical Tech – The Data Detox Kit

Guest post by Sasha Ockenden, Communications Coordinator, Tactical Tech The below is a guest post from “Tactical Tech”…

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BREAKING: Victims denounce IPSO Board appointment of former Daily Mail assistant editor

  IPSO has today announced the appointment of a new CEO, Charlotte Dewar, and four new board members.…

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Hacked Off: The Sun found to be hosting antisemitic content, IPSO fails to act  

  Hacked Off has found antisemitic content published in The Sun newspaper’s comment section under an article reporting…

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Extraordinary extent of Murdoch’s access to Government exposed in Hacked Off research:

206 Meetings between Murdoch company staff & Government in last two years 5 personal meetings between Rupert Murdoch…

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Hacked Off report exposes racism and fake news in newspaper comment sections

Report reveals some newspapers and their pet complaints-handler IPSO have failed to stop fake news and racist abuse…

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Racism and Fake News in the Wild West of newspaper comment sections

READ THE REPORT.     “This virus came engineered in a Chinese lab.” Sound familiar? This comment –…

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Guestblog, Transparency Project: 296 days to correct a factual inaccuracy – effective press regulation?

The Transparency Project, a charity which aims to increase public understanding of family law and family courts, describe…

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Sun and Mail’s coverage of domestic abuser was dangerous and unethical: Campaigners and Hacked Off demand independent regulation to address domestic violence reporting

  Hacked Off and leading advocates for victims of domestic violence have written to Home, Culture and Women…

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The Daniel Morgan Murder: Why We Need Leveson Part Two

Justice for Daniel Morgan: Finish the Leveson Inquiry SIGN THE PETITION HERE   Britain’s most investigated murder, and…

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David Challen responds to Sun & Mail coverage of domestic abuser

The Sun and the Daily Mail have today been accused of publishing frontpage coverage which trivialises domestic violence…

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Guestblog: The Brexit Boom which had nothing to do with Brexit

  New Hacked Off supporter Terry Pearson writes about his experience complaining to IPSO.   I’ve never complained…

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Hacked Off: Government ad deal is “rewarding the fat cats while starving quality, independent, local journalism”

  £35m of taxpayers’ money has been handed over to corporate newspapers and their wealthy owners while smaller,…

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STOP FUNDING MURDOCH

An investigation in Byline Investigates has confirmed that, as other businesses struggle from the impact of COVID-19, £35m…

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Downing Street bans OpenDemocracy from asking a question at Covid-19 press briefings

OpenDemocracy reporter James Cusack has revealed that he has been prevented from asking a question at the daily…

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Phone hacking: BBC director general candidate accused of destroying evidence

  Will Lewis, one of the applicants reportedly shortlisted to be the next head of the BBC, has…

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Daily Mail misleads readers and tries to bully teachers: Government policy on COVID-19 should be dictated by the science, not by the corporate press

  The Daily Mail, which has campaigned for restrictions to be dropped through its editorials and other coverage…

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Hacked Off: Government plan to regulate your nan’s Facebook more stringently than the Mail Online branded utterly absurd

  Yesterday in evidence to the Home Affairs Committee, the Minister for Digital and Culture said that the…

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Hacked Off research reveals extent of relentless intrusion on singer Jesy Nelson

  Hacked Off research reveals the extent of a 7-day press assault on the privacy and personal life…

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BREAKING: ‘STRIKE OUT’ JUDGEMENT ON MEGHAN MARKLE CASE AGAINST MAIL ON SUNDAY 

Today’s judgment is in response to an application from lawyers acting for the Mail on Sunday (Associated Newspapers…

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The fake news continues!

  The Sun newspaper has been criticising celebrities and social media platforms for the spread of fake news…

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Print media in the UK is the least trusted in Europe again

  Print media in the UK is the least trusted out of all European countries. In an annual…

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Ministers claim the press is ‘trusted’. The polls say the opposite.

By Brian Cathcart   Do we trust the press? At the height of the Covid-19 crisis the question…

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Covid-19 Media Scrutiny and Government Accountability

  According to a Press Gazette reader poll, 70% believe journalists are not doing a good job of holding…

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have told the editors of British tabloid newspapers that they won’t engage with their outlets

  The newspapers identified are the Daily Mail, The Sun, The Mirror and The Express.   Hacked Off…

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Answers demanded after Government accused of ignoring local publishers

Independent and local news publishers are facing unprecedented financial challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic.   Yet the…

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COVID-19 and false 5G conspiracies

By Rose Hayden, Hacked Off   Over the last few weeks there has been an outcry of panic…

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Domestic homicide reporting during the Covid19 crisis.

By Hannah Mian – Campaigns, Hacked Off   Reports of domestic violence have seen an increase of up…

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Covid-19 Misinformation Round-up Week of April 6

  We at Hacked Off are committed to limiting the dissemination of potentially life-threatening misinformation in any way…

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Response to comments from DCMS Committee Chair Julian Knight MP: Newspapers and their websites must be held accountable over spread of false information on COVID-19

  The DCMS Committee is appealing for examples of disinformation on social media for its inquiry into Disinformation…

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Covid-19 Misinformation Round-up Week of March 30

During this challenging time we face both a pandemic and an infodemic, making it increasingly difficult for us…

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Tabloids allegedly offered Meghan Markle’s costar thousands of dollars to lie

  Simon Rex claims that several UK newspapers offered him thousands of dollars to lie and say the…

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IPSO flounders after damning report exposes its impotence

  It feels like only yesterday that the largest newspaper groups were claiming to have set up, in…

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VAT relief for online publications: Government announces “Murdoch tax-break”

  Today’s budget commits the Government to abolishing VAT for online publications, including newspapers.   Hacked Off Director…

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The Sun newspaper accused of “blackmailing” Phillip Schofield over sexuality

Byline Investigates has today reported that The Sun newspaper effectively blackmailed Phillip Schofield into revealing his sexuality by…

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Hacked Off responds to “despicable and cruel” Herald coverage.

  The family of James Bulger have criticised the use of his image in an article which also…

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Sun newspaper accused in court docs of illegally targeting phones of teenage Prince Harry and Chelsy Davy

  The Sun is currently facing multiple court allegations of phone hacking.  Byline Investigates has revealed that court…

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Danielle Hindley: my battle for justice against the Mail on Sunday

Danielle Hindley is a businesswoman and a mother, who through no fault of her own found herself a…

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The Mail on Sunday and Danielle Hindley: proof that nothing has changed

Today at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, the Mail on Sunday formally admitted that their paper…

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The Mail on Sunday and Danielle Hindley: proof that nothing has changed.

Written by Brian Cathcart    At the Royal Courts of Justice in London tomorrow the owners of the…

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Hacked Off responds to ‘The Sun records £68m loss amid falling sales and hacking damages’.

Accounts show parent firm still spending an eighth of revenue dealing with phone hacking.   Hacked Off’s Policy…

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November 2018 article proves The Sun knew Caroline Flack struggled with her mental health before waging campaign of intrusive and unethical coverage against her

Byline Investigates have today revealed that The Sun on Sunday published an article in November 2018 which reported…

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Hacked Off responds to Daily Mail reporting of Caroline Flack’s method of suicide

  The Daily Mail’s website MailOnline has today published an article, which it has pushed out to followers…

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Caroline Flack: Hacked Off statement

The tragic death of television presenter Caroline Flack follows months of speculative coverage from national newspapers, including the…

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Member of the public targeted by the press over Coronavirus 

A man who unknowingly infected others with the Coronavirus (CoV) has been publicly identified by several sections of…

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BREAKING NEWS: allegations PIERS MORGAN “engaged or approved of…blatant” illegal news-gathering in relation to former lover of PRINCESS DIANA, MAJOR JAMES HEWITT, court hears.

Commenting Hacked Off Director Kyle Taylor said,   “Allegations that Piers Morgan actively engaged in illegal news-gathering while…

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Intrusion into grief and shock: coverage of Kobe Bryant’s death 

  Even the industry-controlled Editors’ Code is clear that coverage after a death should be “handled sensitively”. Yet…

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Hacked Off responds: Milly Dowler ‘hacking’ – now MIRROR GROUP is accused over murdered schoolgirl in court docs

Link to story: https://www.bylineinvestigates.com/mirror/2020/1/22/a6qgcu489qri8ui5okbddo1zez2q3s   Commenting, Hacked Off Policy Director Nathan Sparkes said,   “When it was revealed…

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Hacked Off responds: Harry and Meghan step down as senior members of the Royal family

Commenting, Hacked Off Campaign Officer Hannah Mian said,   “The Duke and in particular the Duchess of Sussex…

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Liberal Democrat MP the latest target of media intrusion into the private lives of LGBT+ individuals

The Liberal Democrat MP and spokesperson for Education, Layla Moran, has announced that she is in a relationship…

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Hacked Off Yearly Round-Up: 2019

The results from the General Election are in: over 50% of voters backed parties which have supported the…

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Guest blog: What happens when the PR becomes the story?

By Katy Davies Katy Davies, PR and Media Consultant www.katydaviespr.media @kd1ddy The Daily Mail published Katy Davies’ tweet about…

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Where do the political parties stand on Leveson & press reform?

This General Election is our chance to protect our democracy, save thousands of people from press abuse and…

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Hacked Off: Conservative manifesto “tacitly endorses police corruption, newspaper illegality and the absence of ethical regulatory standards” 

Nathan Sparkes, Hacked Off Policy Manager, commenting on the Conservative manifesto said:   “The Conservative manifesto published today,…

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Labour, Green and Lib Dem manifestos pave the way for pro-Leveson Parliament with commitments to press accountability 

Labour today promised that if it wins next month’s election, it would take action on press misconduct and…

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Victims of press abuse write to party leaders ahead of manifesto launches

Hacked Off Patron Christopher Jefferies and other victims of press abuse have written to party leaders seeking assurances…

Hacked Off back demands to release Intelligence Committee Report

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism – a non-profit investigative news outlet which pursues stories which are in the…

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Press Release: UK papers publish disturbing videos relating to Ms Millane’s murder.

UK papers publish disturbing videos relating to Ms Millane’s murder.   Hacked Off Director Kyle Taylor said:  …
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Hacked Off response to PRP: Leveson is working for independent publishers.  Tell the Government to take action to bring it into effect across the industry

At the end of October, the Press Recognition Panel closed its call for views ahead of its annual…

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Hacked Off responds: Women MPs from across the House of Commons “express solidarity” with Meghan Markle over racist and sexist abuse from the press. 

Cross-party women MPs have written a letter to the Duchess of Sussex expressing their solidarity with Meghan for…

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A Speech For Sir Alan

My lords, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to our little party. My name – in case you don’t know…

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IPSO: FIVE YEARS OF FAILURE

  Can you believe sham press complaints-handler IPSO has the gall to throw a five-year anniversary party next…

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Hacked Off: IPSO’s credibility sinking without a trace, as updated MST Report finds body fails more Leveson criteria than 2013 Report

The Media Standards Trust today publishes an update to the landmark 2013 assessment of IPSO (the system of…

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Hacked Off: Ben Stokes launches privacy action against The Sun

Byline Investigates has revealed that Ben Stokes is suing The Sun over its coverage of a 31-year-old family…

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Prince Harry claim expected to allege hacking of Princess Diana, as Byline report Piers Morgan and Rebekah Brooks likely to be named in Prince’s litigation

The Byline Investigates team has followed-up yesterday’s exclusive report that Prince Harry is to bring a legal claim for…

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Prince Harry brings hacking claim against Sun publisher

Byline Investigates have today revealed that the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, has brought a claim against News…

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Guest Blog: So why is Prince Harry attacking the press again? By Brian Cathcart

By Brian Cathcart   Why is Prince Harry attacking the press again? According to Sky News’s royal correspondent…

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Hacked Off comment on Prince Harry & Duchess of Sussex legal action: Absence of press regulation fails all victims of press abuse

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have initiated legal proceedings against the Mail on Sunday and its parent…

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Hacked Off warn of “dangerous reporting” by tabloid press in light of Supreme Court decision on Parliament prorogation

The Sun newspaper has published a front-page story saying that Sun readers have “bombarded” the paper condemning the…

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Victimisation not journalism

Today, rugby star Gareth Thomas has revealed that a tabloid ‘forced’ him to disclose his HIV status after…

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Ben Stokes story written by convicted criminal

Yesterday the Sun came under fire from England batsman Ben Stokes for a front page story Stokes called…

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The Sun has committed another “appalling invasion of privacy”

Today The Sun has come under fire from England batsman Ben Stokes for a front page story Stokes…

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Hacked Off board member and press victim Jacqui Hames speaks out on R4 about Sun’s most recent controversy 

Today Hacked Off board member and press victim Jacqui Hames took to Radio 4 to discuss the Sun’s…

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Hacked Off says The Sun’s Ben Stokes front page is “appalling invasion of privacy with no public interest justification”

The Sun has come under fire from England batsman Ben Stokes for a front page story Stokes has…

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Press barons to persist with sham regulation

IPSO have today announced that publishers have renewed their membership of IPSO for a further five years. The…

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Policy Exchange Report, “Eroding the Free Press”: a transparent and ludicrous exercise in misdirection

A number of newspapers in the UK have a problem reporting accurately, and in a way that is…

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Hacked Off responds to Sir Cliff Richard costs settlement: “the media should scrutinise justice, not administer it”

The BBC has agreed to pay out £2m in legal costs to Sir Cliff Richard, after the broadcaster…

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Sir Cliff case: Media should scrutinise justice, not administer it

The media arguing that searches and arrests should not be kept private seek to have one rule for…

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Hacked Off tell press bosses: Break your silence and stand with us to defend press regulation from political interference

A Parliamentarian who until recently sat on a partisan basis has been announced as the next Chairman of…

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Hacked Off rallies press freedom advocates with public statement rejecting political interference in press regulation after politician’s appointment as IPSO Chair

Lord Faulks has been appointed as the Chairman of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), the body expected…

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Press freedom under threat: Defend British journalists from politician-led regulation

On August 1st 2019, the newspaper complaints-handler “IPSO” appointed a politician as its Chair. Press freedom advocates around…

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IPSO “rebuttal” fails to identify any specific inaccuracy

IPSO have published a “rebuttal” to Hacked Off’s recent research on coverage about transgender people and their rights.…

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Demand IPSO Protect Targeted Groups Against Transphobia In The Press

A detailed report by Hacked Off has found many transphobic and abusive articles misrepresenting the Women and Equalities…

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Amber Rudd MP appears to admit decision to cancel Leveson Part Two was taken before full consultation on The Andrew Marr Show: Hacked Off write to DWP Secretary calling for explanation

Hacked Off has written to Amber Rudd seeking an explanation following comments she made on Marr over the…

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Statement: unauthorised disclosure (“leak”) of the Sir Kim Darroch cables

Hacked Off campaigns for a free and accountable press and has previously campaigned for new legislation to have…

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Hacked Off response to consultation on News UK undertakings

Hacked Off welcome the spirit of the newly proposed amendments to the undertakings and the companies’ Articles of…

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Heather Mills: Highest media settlement in British legal history

Heather Mills has received one of the highest media settlements in legal history, and received an apology from…

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Phone-hacking settlement makes legal history

Heather Mills has received one of the highest media privacy settlements in legal history, and received an apology…

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The Times fails to identify a single error in damning report exposing series of substantively false stories about Muslims

On Wednesday June 26th, a report by Professor Brian Cathcart and Paddy French, “Unmasked”, was published.  The report…

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UPDATE – The Times exposed: is this what racism looks like?

In late June, a 66-page report by Professor Brian Cathcart and Paddy French of Press Gang, “Unmasked”, was…

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Hacked Off write to Prime Minister Jacinda Arden ahead of ‘Christchurch Call’

A huge thank you to almost 6,000 of you who wrote to the Government asking that the “Christchurch…

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Government labelled “Corrupt” over Leveson Part Two suppression in R4 Documentary

On Sunday May 5th, Radio 4 aired the documentary “The Press, the Police, the Politicians and Their Public”,…

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Press Release: Hacked Off analysis of media coverage of the Christchurch Attacks

Christchurch attack: Analysis reveals role of traditional media publishers in amplifying hatred Government criticised for exempting the same…

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INFLECTION POINT: Hacked Off analysis of media coverage of the Christchurch Attacks

Christchurch: When social media platforms became publishers of extremism and news websites became amplifiers of hatred.   READ…

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Hacked Off launches videogame about technology and journalists

Dan Hett, brother of Martyn Hett who was tragically killed at the Manchester Arena Attack in 2017, has…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Fatal domestic abuse reporting: new guidelines must be backed up by code change

The press complaints-handler IPSO, and the independent regulator IMPRESS, have adopted campaign group Level Up’s guidelines on fatal…

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Boris’ Brexit Telegraph Lies “clearly comically polemical” ?

In an extraordinary confession on Friday, the Telegraph defended Boris Johnson’s false Brexit poll story saying the MP…

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Hacked Off: Times/Sunday Times journalist leads criticism of News UK merger application

The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Jeremy Wright QC, has today announced that he…

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Platforms fuelling far-right violence: the crux of the matter

Platforms play a lead role in strengthening and emboldening online extremism.   This week, YouTube placed restrictions on…

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IMPRESS passes first cyclical Press Recognition Panel review for independence and effectiveness

Today, the Press Recognition Panel (PRP) confirmed that the IMPRESS media self-regulator continues to meet Leveson’s requirements for…

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Guest Blog: Jodie Jackson, author of “You Are What You Read”

We are all familiar with the saying ‘you are what you eat’: it’s a very simple but effective…

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Are unregulated platforms a threat to our national security?

Whilst criticising the hypocrisy of media outlets, Britain’s counter-terrorism chief Neal Basu has said that far-right terrorists are…

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Hacked Off condemn role of some newspaper websites in publishing footage of New Zealand terror attack

The attack on two mosques in New Zealand last week was a cowardly act of terrorism, committed by…

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Media Distortion and Daily Mail Deception

Time and time again we see evidence of a racist agenda in elements of the press. Relentless discriminatory…

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Combating racism in the press whilst protecting freedom of speech

We see hateful, racist and discriminatory language like this in our papers on a daily basis. It is…

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Pressure on IPSO grows: Academy Award winner Olivia Colman joins Salma Yaqoob, Sajda Mughal OBE and Steve Coogan in signing open letter calling out IPSO’s inaction on press racism

Olivia Colman, recipient of an Academy Award, 4 BAFTAs and two Golden Globe awards, joins activists Salma Yaqoob…

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IPSO’s tone-deaf response to press racism letter shows how powerless they are

Hacked Off and Media Diversity Institute’s open letter on racism in the press has gathered dozens of signatures…

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IPSO responds to open letter signed by John Barnes MBE, Baroness Warsi, David Lammy MP and 49 other prominent voices demanding they do more to tackle racism in the press

Baroness Warsi and more than a dozen other high profile politicians from across the political spectrum have signed…

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Baroness Warsi, David Lammy MP, Caroline Lucas MP, John Barnes MBE, 23 other politicians and sign open letter calling on IPSO to do more to tackle racism in the press.  

John Barnes MBE, Baroness Warsi, David Lammy MP and 49 other prominent voices sign open letter demanding more…

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Mirror Group spend more than £75million on phone-hacking scandal

The Mirror, Express and Star newspaper publisher Reach (formerly known as Trinity Mirror) increased its cash pot for…

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Spread of disinformation and fake news a threat to UK democracy, says report

Today the DCMS Committee published its report on Disinformation and “fake news”. The report’s recommendations include: Statutory regulation…

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PRP Report finds IPSO fails Leveson tests; calls for access to justice for media claimants

The Press Recognition Panel has today published its annual report considering the success of the recognition system, which…

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The Cairncross review does not address the greatest threats to the future of the press in the UK, says Hacked Off

Frances Cairncross today released her report on the future of the press in the UK. The independent report…

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Hacked Off responds to Cairncross Review’s final report

Today, the Government have published the Cairncross Review’s final report.  The Review was established to explore how to…

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Fictitious Daily Mail story on ‘migrant-infested’ French suburb receives small correction…6 months later!

In July last year, the Daily Mail published a double-page spread “exposing a Paris suburb overrun with illegal…

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Daily Mail issues minuscule correction for horrifically inaccurate reporting on ‘migrant-infested’ Paris suburb

On 28th July 2018 the Daily Mail published a double-page spread about a French suburb “teeming” with “up…

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Petition launched to defend integrity of Times titles after Murdoch bids to weaken checks on owner interference at The Times and Sunday Times.

When Rupert Murdoch first purchased The Times and Sunday Times there were specific conditions designed to prevent editorial…

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A victory for the Trumps

A week after they ran a featured cover story headlined: “The mystery of Melania,” the Daily Telegraph has…

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Exposés of misconduct must be led by and for victims

In October 2018, Arcadia and its Chairman Philip Green successfully obtained a temporary injunction to restrict the Telegraph…

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The Mail Online has hit out at the company that said it ‘generally fails to maintain basic standards of accuracy’

A Mail Online spokesperson said they were seeking “to have this egregiously erroneous classification resolved as soon as…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Hacked Off respond to PRP discovery that the Panel has been “designated as within the Ministry of Justice boundary”

The Chairman of the Press Recognition Panel has written to the Government regarding the Panel’s apparent “designation” within…

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Fresh evidence of Mail on Sunday complicity in criminal conduct emerges months after Government cancel public inquiry protested by ex-editor-in-chief Paul Dacre

Reports have emerged this week which show email evidence that former Mail on Sunday senior editor Chris Anderson…

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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…

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Press Release: Hacked Off backs Newsquest Cumbria journalists striking over pay and conditions enforced by Newsquest

Newsquest, since taking over Cumbria Newspapers in March 2018, has made more than 100 staff redundant. These staff…

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Press Release: Government to introduce new protections for investigative journalism in Counter Terror Bill after Hacked Off campaign

Last night, in response to amendments tabled by Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb and supported by Hacked Off, the…

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Press Release: Hacked Off demand protections for investigative journalism in government’s counter-terror bill

  Hacked Off and other free expression campaigners have called for changes to the government’s counter terror bill…

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Press Release: Victims vow to fight on after Leveson Part Two judicial review finds in favour of government

Victims of press abuse vow to pursue all avenues to secure completion of the Leveson Inquiry following outcome…

Press Release: James O’Brien challenges press inaccuracy at Hacked Off’s 6th Annual Leveson Lecture

“It’s the comforting lie that sells better than the objective truth”: James O’Brien challenges press inaccuracy at Hacked…

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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…

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Shadow Home Secretary labels IPSO “toothless” at Hacked Off & MEND event

By Luke Geikie   Hacked Off and MEND (Muslim Engagement and Development) co-sponsored a fringe event at the…

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Cairncross urged to “recommend the adoption of an independent regulator for the newspaper industry, to increase public trust and support its long-term sustainability” in Hacked Off submission

The Cairncross Review was established by the Government in March 2018, to “examine the sustainability of high quality…

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New cases of press abuse detailed in Hacked Off report “Thrown to the Wolves”

12/09/2018 A new Hacked Off report is published today to mark the fourth anniversary of the sham press…

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‘Muslim Fostering’: Times Journalism Utterly Discredited

By Professor Brian Cathcart The story caused a sensation but quickly fell under a cloud of doubt. Now…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,’…

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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…

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Victims of press abuse given green light for legal challenge to Government’s cancellation of Leveson Part Two

22/05/2018 The Judicial Review launched by the victims of press abuse to challenge the Government’s decision to suppress…

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Matt Hancock makes himself ‘State Approver’ of press arbitration

By Professor Brian Cathcart (@BrianCathcart) A week ago the corporate papers were screaming blue murder about threats of…

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The government scuppers Leveson Part 2: is Britain’s press undermining democracy?

By Steven Barnett, Professor of Communications at the University of Westminster. Almost exactly five years ago, the veteran…

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The fight goes on: Government cave-in to press industry cover-up to be challenged at every turn

15/05/2018 This afternoon, the House of Commons voted to remove from the Data Protection Bill an amendment made…

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126 leading academics tell Parliament: back reforms to implement Leveson and finish the Inquiry

On the eve of the vote on Leveson amendments to the Data Protection Bill, over 100 leading academics…

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IPSO’s new “compulsory arbitration” scheme: why claimants are unlikely to use it – Evan Harris

The press industry’s consumer complaints body, IPSO, has announced a new “compulsory” arbitration scheme for national newspapers.  This is the…

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IPSO and arbitration: don’t get fooled again – Brian Cathcart

After promising million-pound fines, front-page corrections and tough investigations – none of which happened – the sham regulator…

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A ground-breaking challenge to IPSO

IPSO’S First Court Test One of the many people who have seen their complaints about bad journalism in…

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Sunday Times blagger-turned-whistleblower criticises Government response to his revelations of extensive illegality done for the newspaper

Yesterday, former journalist John Ford came forward to blow the whistle on illegality he says he committed on…

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The sorry betrayal of the victims of press abuse – Natalie Fenton

Last week the culture minister Matt Hancock announced the government’s response to the public consultation on the Leveson Inquiry and…

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We call on the Government to commence Leveson part 2 NOW – sign the petition today!

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Government announces suppression of Public Inquiry into police, press and political corruption and seeks repeal of Leveson’s access to justice recommendation

Victims of press abuse lose confidence in Government The Government today announced that the second part of the…

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Select Committee Savages IPSO for failing to protect Muslims – Brian Cathcart

Of 8,148 complaints about discrimination in the press in a year, the industry’s tame regulator upheld just one…

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Press Sustainability Review: A Total Sham, Part 2 – Julian Petley

No-one would deny that both the local and national press are facing problems. In the past decade more…

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Press Sustainability Review: A Total Sham, Part 1 – Julian Petley

The Government has recently announced a review into the sustainability of the press. According to its summary of the review’s…

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Hacked Off’s submission to the CMA in response to their Fox/Sky bid provisional findings report

Submission by Hacked Off in relation to the CMA’s report on provisional findings on broadcasting standards (‘the report’).…

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Former Police Officer & Crimewatch presenter Jacqui Hames calls for Leveson 2 after settling hacking claim

After many years, News Group has finally admitted responsibility for its unlawful actions and has, quite rightly, offered…

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Statement by Hugh Grant following the Hugh Grant-Mirror Group Joint Statement in Open Court

I’m not the first person to settle a phone hacking case against a British newspaper. I’m glad to…

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House of Lords vote to keep Parliament’s promises to press abuse victims

On the evening of January 10th 2018, Members of the House of Lords voted to hold the Government…

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IPSO’s treatment of Mandy Garner exposes the cruelty of a complaints-handling system designed to protect the press

Read Mandy’s story, in her own words, here. Mandy is the mother of Anisha, a young woman who…

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“How much did they get out of turning my daughter’s death into voyeurism?”

By Mandy Garner, @workmumontherun   Mandy's daughter, Anisha At 9.45pm on 19th February my 20-year-old daughter Anisha was…
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How white supremacists use national newspaper stories as their own propaganda

Report published: White Supremacism, the press and the absence of regulation Internet forums are fertile breeding grounds for…

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IPSO shirks responsibility for false newspaper stories’ circulation on extremist forums: rebuttal

Our recent report, White Supremacism, the Press and the Absence of Regulation, showed how false newspaper stories critical…

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Hacked Off write to Home Secretary demanding tougher action to protect the public from extremism

The Hacked Off campaign has today written to the Home Secretary to call on the Government to address…

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FAKE NEWS: Hacked Off report exposes neo-Nazis’ dissemination of newspapers’ false stories.

Hacked Off have today published a report into the dissemination of false newspaper stories by extremists online. The…

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Paul Dacre Should Not Be Allowed Anywhere Near Ofcom

  THE TIMES reported the weekend before last that former Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre had been asked…

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Sir Harry Evans and the corruption of the UK press: Freedom for What?

Sir Harry Evans, a pioneer of investigative journalism and widely considered to be one of the greatest journalists…