Who wants to be a regulator? Newspapers and Section 40

‘Section 40′. The whisper of those sinister words is enough to send chills of fear down the back of many an excitable newspaper reporter, arguing that press regulation will chill free speech. But what’s the truth about section 40? On the respected media blog here, originally published on Legal Cheek, I comment on last week’s public consultation.  Who will end up the winner of this dangerous game of ‘who wants to be a regulator’ hangs in the balance for the time being – but for now this consultation is sure to heat things up a bit more.

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Mirror, mirror on the wall; will this press arbitration scheme do any good at all?

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, there was an investigation into press behaviour. Lord Leveson heard from witnesses, tale upon tale of poor press conduct, and ultimately issued a plethora of sensible recommendations for press regulation with a view to ensure that the watchdog and bloodhound of society that is the press, could no longer savage the rights and reputations of the public. Continue reading

Important lessons for transatlantic celebrities

After the whole world debated the identity of a married couple known as ‘PJS’ and ‘YMA’ earlier this year, we wanted to highlight what this latest news actually means for the privacy of you and your global clients in the digital age.  Continue reading

The toddler of press regulation hits the ‘terrible twos’

Today is the one year anniversary of IPSO, the Independent Press Standards Organisation.

It was set up after the Leveson report found that under the self-regulation system, the press had for years, decades, been ‘marking its own homework’. What was needed after the horrors of the phone hacking debacle was an independent regulator that inspired the confidence of the public. The word ‘independent’ is in the title; the IPSO website says that it is ‘the independent regulator of the newspaper and magazine industry’. But one year on, and public confidence in IPSO is sadly lacking. Continue reading

Launch of new press regulator IPSO

Yesterday (8 September) saw the launch of the Independent Press Complaints Commission (IPSO), a new self-regulating body established following the phone-hacking scandal. IPSO will be headed by ex Court of Appeal Judge, Sir Alan Moses, and is backed by the UK’s largest newspaper and magazine groups. Continue reading

Emergency injunction to stop the Queen…

Emergency injunction to stop the Queen…The press is not a big fan of injunctions. Except when it suits them that is. And today, it suits them.

This morning, representatives of the press are off to the High Court to seek an injunction to stop the sealing of the cross party Royal Charter on press regulation, which was due to take place today. Continue reading

Royal Charter shenanigans

Royal Charter shenanigansLord Justice Leveson argued in his report on press ethics and standards that the press could not go on ‘marking its own homework’ and that what was needed was independent regulation. Continue reading

The press is not fit to regulate itself…

This is evidenced by the recent activities of the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday concerning the deceased father of Labour leader, Ed Miliband.

And in light of Monday’s reported decision by the Privy Council sub committee to reject the Royal Charter on regulation proposed by the press, it appears that it agrees. Continue reading

Jurors caught out in court

Jurors caught out in courtBeing called to do jury service is a societal duty. And a privilege. Because it is a fundamental plank of our democracy that those charged with criminal offences should be judged not only by a professional judge but by a jury of their peers. Continue reading

The Prince and his Privacy

In case you’ve not heard, there is a new royal baby. As the column inches begin to fill, the airwaves buzz and the cameras are poised to flash and click, what hope for the poor prince and his privacy.

I comment on the Prince and his privacy in The Lawyer and on the Huffington Post. Continue reading