Press Regulation

The state of Hungarian media: Endgame

Hungary has been experiencing significant constitutional and institutional changes in the last seven years as Viktor Orban and his ruling party Fidesz cemented their political power by capturing the constitutional court and other key institutions. In parallel to the political capture of democratic institutions, media ownership became more and more concentrated in the hands of Orban and his close […]

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    The Press Problem: How to Avoid Hate When Discussing Muslim Affairs

The Press Problem: How to Avoid Hate When Discussing Muslim Affairs

The UK press regulator IPSO has received hundreds of complaints concerning a column in the British newspaper ‘The Sun’ in which the phrase “the Muslim Problem” – by many perceived as a reference to the Nazi terminology “the Jewish Problem” – was used. In this post Aidan White, the Director of the Ethical Journalism Network (EJN), illustrates this controversy […]

Doxing is a toxic practice – no matter who is targeted

The events in the US city of Charlottesville where a far-right protest turned violent raise a multitude of questions – some of which touch upon media ethics and media regulation. Especially the practice of ‘doxing’ – sharing individuals’ personal information online to cause them harm – has significant ethical and regulatory ramifications. In this post David Brake, LSE graduate […]

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    Will Karen Bradley Refer SKY-FOX to the Competition and Markets Authority?

Will Karen Bradley Refer SKY-FOX to the Competition and Markets Authority?

Anyone with evidence about whether the proposed Sky-Fox merger will operate against the public interest had until Friday 14 July to submit it to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. If nothing changes, argues Damian Tambini, Bradley will be tempted to take advantage of parliamentary recess and approve the deal.

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    Decision to refer Sky bid to regulator a blow to Murdochs – but will it be short-lived?

Decision to refer Sky bid to regulator a blow to Murdochs – but will it be short-lived?

The planned full acquisition of the pan-European broadcaster Sky by the multinational media conglomerate 21st Century Fox has caused many concerns about news plurality, media concentration, and the vertical integration of internet service provision and content creation. In this post, Des Freedman (professor at Goldsmiths, University of London) comments on the statement by Culture Secretary Karen Bradley that she […]

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    Here’s why the Murdochs’ bid for control of Sky must be referred to Ofcom

Here’s why the Murdochs’ bid for control of Sky must be referred to Ofcom

After Fox has now formally notified the European Commission about its bid for the broadcaster Sky, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Karen Bradley, has 10 working days to decide whether to refer the bid to Ofcom for review. In this post, Martin Moore, Director of the Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power at […]

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    Press regulation: three reasons why a 30 year old campaign must continue

Press regulation: three reasons why a 30 year old campaign must continue

A government consultation on press regulation which asked for views on whether to commence Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013, and whether or not to proceed with Leveson Part 2, closed last week. Steven Barnett, Professor of Communication at the University of Westminster, argues that it is important to take a longer term perspective on the […]

The Risks of Abandoning Leveson

Theresa May’s government should carefully consider the risks of diluting or abandoning Leveson once its consultation closes on Tuesday, argues Martin Moore, director of the Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power at King’s College London. The points made in this post are explained at more length in the Centre’s submission to the DCMS/Home Office consultation on […]

Where now for media reform in the UK?

The biggest issue for media policy in the UK in 2017 is Brexit, and during the coming months this blog will feature a number of posts on that topic as the government’s Article 50 strategy becomes more clear. In this first post of the year, Damian Tambini looks instead at some of the purely domestic issues that will dominate […]

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    The 21st Century Fox bid for Sky needs a thorough, thoughtful review

The 21st Century Fox bid for Sky needs a thorough, thoughtful review

Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox’s bid for the British pay-TV company Sky is raising important questions around its consequences for media pluralism, free expression, and news accuracy. Here, Damian Tambini explains why the Culture Secretary should order a thorough review of this case.

Ever since the News International Bid to purchase BskyB was withdrawn in 2011, commentators have expected another bid to […]