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

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 Hacked Off Leveson Bill – Kryptonite for the press?

Christmas is over, we’ve survived the New Year celebrations, the weather is taking a turn for the worse, and the post excess January Blues are hanging around as they always do. What is there to drag us out of our funk? Well, for those previously addicted to the Leveson inquiry on press ethics, with the celebrity circus of evidence-giving over and the long-awaited report of Lord Justice Leveson done, the answer might appear to be, not much.

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Leveson: Last Orders for the Press

Free speech and responsible journalism. We should be entitled to both and Lord Justice Leveson’s much anticipated recommendations on press regulation, given yesterday, aim to protect both.

But following 18 months of work, a roll call of celebrity witnesses and £4 million of tax payers money, the report did not find favour with the press or the PM. My blog on Global Legal Post today, explains why. http://www.globallegalpost.com/blogs/

A Prince’s Privacy Part II – Privacy Denied

Today, The Sun newspaper published intimate and private photographs of HRH Prince Harry, naked in a private hotel room. It is clear that he has a reasonable expectation of privacy to protect against any such publication, as our last blog set out. So why has The Sun done this? Continue reading