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 the Gatwick couple are victimised and public confidence in the reliability of the press collapses.

Yet the Mail and other British newspapers have persisted in refusing to join an independent regulator; instead remaining members of the industry association established to shelter them from accountability, IPSO. 

If they stand by their product, then why not be independently accountable like all broadcast media?

This latest revelation – that the MailOnline have been found to hold a one out of five credibility rating by an independent company – is a powerful and saddening indictment of the absence of independent regulation for most British newspapers.

The MailOnline and other IPSO members are responsible for a devastating collapse in trust across the industry, which is having a detrimental effect on our democratic society and destroying the public’s faith in journalism. 

This should be our wake-up call. We’ve got to defend fact-based journalism and ensure the public can once again have faith in our news media.


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January 23, 2019 at 3:26 pm

These people want to censor the press, not make it free. Do not assist their machinations.

David Colemanreply
January 23, 2019 at 4:15 pm

Approximately 3 years ago I rediscovered my interest in UK politics mainly because of the appearance of Jeremy Corbyn. To be honest, in some respects (To be truthful more against than for!) I wish I had left well alone and continued in Ignorant Bliss! Now however I find that I rarely if ever watch mainly BBC programmes “Tonight BBC 2 @ 10.30 p.m. Andrew Marr BBC Sunday Morning, & last bu t least? Question Time BBC Thursday evening?” For one simple reason, I am now aware that they have become Leading players in the “Lynch Jeremy Corbyn, Socialism including if possible?? Anything whatsoever with the slightest hint of Russia!!!” posse. Led bravely from the front of course? By any Old Etonian/Oxford/preferably of course a Lord or his Lady!!
Sincerely a paid up 79 year young member of the Working Class David Coleman

Brian Sweeneyreply
January 23, 2019 at 4:44 pm

Now you can see how the unregulated press can get away with all sorts of lies, half truths and downright malicious misrepresentation.
The present system is only a revamp of the old one and just as useless. But of course most of the politicians who could change things are in power, and it suits them to have tame lapdog Tory newspaper owners on their side peddling their smears.

Kay Buckleyreply
January 23, 2019 at 5:12 pm

Not surprised. It’s a disgrace.

January 23, 2019 at 5:19 pm

While the British gutter “press” supports the Tories, the Tories will protect them. If we want a properly regulated press we need to have a government that believes in proper regulation, and not a neo-liberal Tory government for whom proper regulation of private enterprise is against their religion

Jack Doranreply
January 23, 2019 at 5:28 pm

That the Mail, a once respected daily newspaper, has descended so far as to rank with the lowest of the low for reliable information is apparent to all. When that gutter press aproach is used agsinst completrly innocent individuals as with the Gatwick couple the Mail”s action must be verging on illegality.
The only response: an individual boycott of the paper – as happened to the Sun in Liverpool – plus an individual boycott of products advertised in the Mail until that paper accepts the constraints that IMPRESS would spply.

Andrew Parryreply
January 23, 2019 at 6:08 pm

I’d love to be able to buy a paper, sadly, the standards and honesty in most of the UK papers stops me doing so.
Thats my choice brought about by thier behaviour and its been a race to the bottom for far too long – no wonder thier circulations continue to fall

Jill Wattsreply
January 23, 2019 at 6:09 pm

Agree sentiments-but what about the Express & Sun
Sorry- preaching to the converted -our time wll come

Bob Brownreply
January 24, 2019 at 11:21 am

We sh also be investigating the extent of influence of the CIA and the Atlas organisation. Both of these are toxic in terms of pushing the neoliberal and USA hegemony agenda.

January 24, 2019 at 4:38 pm

to be fair….did anyone ever think, that the Mail was credible…ever?

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