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Leveson Editorials: Newspapers anxious over Inquiry’s outcome

In an analysis of national newspaper editorials covering the Leveson Inquiry, Noelle De Guzman finds an increasingly critical press at the tail end of the Inquiry.

Staff-authored editorials on the Leveson Inquiry published in June, which amounted to 33 opinion pieces in total, show newspapers’ growing concern over the possible outcome of the probe into press standards as Lord Justice […]

Measuring media plurality isn’t enough

Des Freedman, Reader in Communications and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths and member of the Coordinating Committee for Media Reform, argues that Ofcom’s proposals are too cautious to deal with media concentration.

Ofcom has just published its review of media plurality, Measuring Media Plurality, that is likely to inform debate on media ownership and regulation in the run-up to the publication […]

Towards a Welsh Media Policy

Huw David Jones of Glamorgan University reports on the findings of an Assembly inquiry that calls for a media policy forum to advise the Welsh Government.

Lately the media sector in Wales has been going through something of a crisis.  In October 2011, BBC Wales announced 100 job losses as part of its Delivering Quality First Review.  ITV Wales has […]

June 21st, 2012|Guest Blog|0 Comments|

Brown at Leveson: The politicisation of the press

Charlie Beckett, Director of the Polis think tank at the LSE, reflects on Gordon Brown’s perception of and relationship with the press.

Reaction to Gordon Brown’s appearance at the Leveson inquiry has mainly consisted of political journalists expressing shock at his high moral tone and flawless recollection of a spotless past. But let’s look at what Gordon says is his […]

Missing the Wood (With No Excuses): the Defamation Bill 2012

Alastair Mullis, professor of law and head of the School of Law at the University of East Anglia, and Andrew Scott, senior lecturer in the Department of Law at the London School of Economics, argue that the Defamation Bill “manifestly misses the mark”.

The Defamation Bill is to receive a second reading in the House of Commons on 12 June. […]

June 6th, 2012|Guest Blog|0 Comments|

Leveson Editorials: A Unified Front?

In her analysis of national newspaper editorials covering the Leveson Inquiry, LSE Media Policy Project intern Noelle De Guzman finds the press appear to be speaking with a more unified voice.

High-profile witnesses took up the most space in newspapers’ editorials on the Leveson Inquiry in May. Testimonies from Andrew Coulson, Rebekah Brooks and, more recently, Jeremy Hunt and Tony […]

Media Reform Now: Beware of Legislating the Press

MP Sir Peter Bottomley warns of the dangers of legislating on the media.

My family has had bad experiences with the hard end of the press when certain media got it wrong whether by mistake or otherwise. I have sued on occasion and won four libel cases against newspapers.

I do believe in holding them to account for what they say, especially by […]

May 28th, 2012|Guest Blog|0 Comments|

Media Reform Now: We Need to Re-Unionise the Industry

Donnacha DeLong of the National Union of Journalists argues for a holistic approach to the reform of media ethics.

The media industry needs reform on many levels to give the public the democratic and ethical media they deserve in a free society. The Leveson Inquiry has helped to highlight some of the areas where change is needed, but it’s important […]

Way Beyond Hacking: Leveson Must Look at Motorman Evidence on Widespread Criminality

At the Rally for Media Reform, Hugh Grant urged further investigation into the Motorman files to ensure all illegal activities are brought to light. The following is a transcript of Mr. Grant’s speech, used with permission.

Well I’ve only got 5 minutes so I really want to take those 5 minutes to stress a lot of the positive things. I […]

Media Reform Now: Towards a Democratic and Accountable Media

James Curran of Goldsmiths College lays out options for limiting media concentration.

As the Leveson Inquiry reaches its twilight stages, we have heard very moving, eloquent testimonies about press abuse both within and outside of its walls. However, the problem is not only that newspapers can lie to sell copies. Or that they can trample over peoples’ lives without any […]