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Salmond prepares to let Westminster take the hit over post-Leveson press regulation

Wed 20 March 2013, 11:59am

Tweet It may surprise you to learn that a separate Scottish response to the Leveson report on press regulation is looking unlikely. Stage One  was a separate report by an “expert group” headed by  the former Scottish judge Lord McCluskey who recommended “draconian “ powers and a regulator appointed by the Scottish government. If the […] more »

Bluff and brinkmanship over press regulation – and blogs?

Tue 19 March 2013, 6:38pm

Tweet You won’t find it said in the press as they are all inevitably biased as interested parties. But if most of the UK national newspapers are going to reject even a “dab” of statute in a new tougher but still “ voluntary” system of  press regulation, why didn’t they come out and say so […] more »

Royal Charters ‘upgraded’ to beef up provision for press regulation…

Mon 18 March 2013, 10:57am

Tweet When the Sun newspaper starts quoting Churchill, it is time to sniff the air on press freedom. According to Roy Greenslade the use of a Royal Charter gets the three parties at Westminster off the hook: By passing a law that affects the nature of all royal charters, rather than one specifically devoted to […] more »

Broadcasters’ right to free expression will become more restricted

Sat 8 December 2012, 12:29pm

Tweet Here’s a  worrying report by Breda O’Brien in the Irish Times which will  give RTE and public service broadcasters everywhere a headache.  McGuirk, PR consultant and former Libertas communications director (and prolific tweeter himself), recently compiled a list of journalists and producers who tweeted that they were taking part in a pro-choice march, or calling […] more »

#Leveson: A mixed response to the British Press’s mass indulgence in criminal activity…

Sat 1 December 2012, 10:15am

Tweet Worth waiting for Charlie Beckett to shoot down the idea that reforms in line with the current Irish system would suffice… - Guido has a scathing an op ed in the Sun today (sister paper of the now dead NOTW), noting the paucity of work in the Leveson Report on New Media. And pride […] more »

Why doesn’t Leveson pass Cameron’s “bonkers” test? And would Ofcom really be a “flawed” backstop?

Sat 1 December 2012, 8:30am

Tweet [David Cameron to Andrew Marr] “We must wait for what Lord Leveson says … I don’t want to pre-judge it. We don’t want heavy-handed state intervention. We’ve got to have a free press.” Backing up with legislation the self regulation of an industry that has consistently failed to be harsh to itself hardly qualifies […] more »

Society of Editors meeting in Belfast – Leveson, distribution, tablets, journalism training and dead trees #SOE

Mon 12 November 2012, 7:53pm

Tweet The Society of Editors – representing newspaper, broadcast and online editors – is holding its annual conference in Belfast. Lord Leveson’s report is due out within weeks and discussion about the possible models of regulation and how editors would live with them was set to dominate the agenda. The BBC’s difficulties have cast their […] more »

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