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Leveson shows his true colours

What a naughty, disrespectful boy is Evening Standard investigations reporter Tom Harper, who today covers Brian Leveson’s conference jolly in Sydney, Australia. As well as citing the prank call by Australian radio presenters to royally preggers Kate Windsor’s London hospital as evidence for the need for new privacy laws, Leveson is quoted as saying… “Judges […]

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Legitimate purpose – Leveson’s smoking gun

On Channel 4 News this evening Times columnist Camilla Cavendish neatly identified the smoking gun in Brian Leveson’s report on UK press ethics and regulation. It is contained in volume 4 of the full, 2,000 page report, in the form of a suggested statute clause… “Interference with the activities of the media shall be lawful only […]

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Leveson hath spoke

Having read at least the 50 odd pages of the executive summary of the Leveson report (the whole shebang is 2,000 pages long), I have to say that I’m disappointed. I had hoped that Brian Leveson would pleasantly surprise us, but the result is worse than I previously feared. What Leveson recommends for the UK […]

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Leveson – what backlash?

That cheeky chappy Dominic Ponsford, editor of the Press Gazette, is again stirring up trouble in the NUJ. This time he has had the nerve to stage a straw poll of readers, asking them if they support the union’s call for “statutory-backed regulation of the press”. Seriously, though, I view the poll as a constructive […]

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Against Leveson – Tories go from nasty to cuddly

Cross-posted from Lewisham NUJ… Things have come to a pretty weird pass when the loudest voices in favour of freedom of expression are those of Conservative politicians such as the often soggy David Cameron, and the rightwing ideologue Michael Gove. And then there are liberal Tory think tanks such as Bright Blue, which appears now […]

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Prior restraint and the curse of Leveson

Where is the defence of journalism against the predations of Leveson? Save for the likes of that ethically-challenged rentagob Kelvin MacKenzie, it isn’t coming from journalists, so worried are we about our jobs, and reputations within and without the trade. Journalists are being frightened into silence, and among the leadership of our own union there […]

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Leveson Inquiry (part 9,999) – With friends like this, who needs enemies?

Tory nobs need no help in public portrayal as prats, but that hasn’t stopped former News of the Screws editor and News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks stabbing her close friend David Cameron in the back with a reference today at the Leveson Inquiry to the prime minister’s understanding of ‘textspeak’. Next, Rupert Murdoch uses […]

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29th place for British press freedom

Reporters Without Borders has just published its World Press Freedom Index for 2013. Apologies for being so parochial, but what immediately strikes me about this document is that it shows the United Kingdom in 29th place out of the 179 states listed. There are no obviously dodgy states above the UK in the latest press […]

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On World Press Freedom Day 2013

Today is World Press Freedom Day, as has been every 3 May for the past 20 years. Not that many would notice, mind you, despite the best efforts of UNESCO, the world’s journalists and others in highlighting the need for a news media free of political and corporate interference, and violence inflicted upon the messengers. Britain […]

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Statutory underpinning – an idea stillborn

With today’s single-digit salute from Britain’s newspaper industry to the Labour-Liberal-Hacked-Off demand for press regulation by statute, and the shrugging of shoulders in Whitehall in response to the alternative Royal Charter, I guess that’s it for Leveson. Apart, that is, from the small matter of an exemplary damages threat that continues to hang over those […]

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