Press Regulation

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    Implementing Leveson: how national newspaper groups use local press as “human shields”

Implementing Leveson: how national newspaper groups use local press as “human shields”

Four years after the publication of the Leveson report, and shortly after the recognition of IMPRESS as an approved regulator, the UK government launched a new consultation into two issues of press regulation, closing on 10 January. The consultation invites views both on section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013, and on whether Part 2 of the […]

Leveson’s lasting effect on press-police relations

Four years after the publication of the Leveson report, and shortly after the recognition of IMPRESS as an approved regulator , the UK government has launched a new consultation into two issues of press regulation. The consultation invites views both on section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013, and on whether Part 2 of the Leveson Inquiry, […]

IMPRESS vs IPSO: A chasm, not a cigarette paper

Last week, the Press Recognition Panel recognised IMPRESS as an approved regulator under the conditions set out in the Royal Charter, with potentially wide-reaching implications for the UK press, including those already regulated by IPSO. Steven Barnett, Professor of Communications at the University of Westminster, argues that there is a world of difference between the two regulators that publishers […]

That Feeling When You Are Held Accountable – IMPRESS CEO

Earlier this week the Press Recognition Panel agreed to recognise IMPRESS as an approved press regulator, convinced that it satisfied the 23 criteria set out under the Royal Charter. IMPRESS CEO Jonathan Heawood reflects on the process. See here for background to the decision.

Accountability is a long and abstract word. As I found out this week, it is also […]

Press regulation post Leveson – where are we now?

Today, 25 October, the Press Regulation Panel is expected to make a decision on whether or not to recognise Impress as an approved regulator of the UK press. A recognised regulator would clear the way to commence Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013, and activate the exemplary damages provision.  The Media Policy Project’s Emma Goodman explains […]

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    Citizen journalism and news blogs: why media councils don’t care (yet)

Citizen journalism and news blogs: why media councils don’t care (yet)

How should systems that were originally set up to deal with complaints from members of the public about traditional media respond to the rise in bloggers and citizen journalists? Adeline Hulin, Project Consultant for UNESCO, reflects on the situation across Europe, and argues that existing self-regulatory media councils need to do more to incorporate new forms of journalism.

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Press Regulation in an Era of Convergence

Irini Katsirea, Reader in International Media Law at the University of Sheffield explains the position of the electronic press under the Audiovisual Media Services Directive, and the implications of the New Media Online case for the future of media frameworks.

The regulation of the press in an era of media convergence is a thorny issue, which regulators around the world […]

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    IMPRESS and the Future of Press Regulation in the UK: Lecture by Walter Merricks CBE

IMPRESS and the Future of Press Regulation in the UK: Lecture by Walter Merricks CBE

The report of the Leveson Inquiry in November 2012 following the phone hacking scandal was a critical moment in the history of the UK press, and the question of how precisely to design an effective, independent system of self-regulation is still being fought over to this day. Walter Merricks, Chair of Impress, which bills itself as “the first truly […]

Is Cameron surrendering to press power?

Steven Barnett, Professor of Communications at the University of Westminster, explains why John Whittingdale’s announcement that the Government might not enact key provisions of the Leveson framework on press regulation – if pursued – would fatally undermine the historic cross-party agreement passed by Parliament. It would, he argues, be worse than the climbdown by John Major’s Government 20 years […]

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    Progress, pressures and politics: challenges at self-regulatory media councils in South East Europe

Progress, pressures and politics: challenges at self-regulatory media councils in South East Europe

Catherine Speller is a consultant working on communications, media and policy matters who recently completed a report for UNESCO on the needs of media councils in South East Europe. She previously spent seven years at the UK Press Complaints Commission. Here, she highlights the main challenges faced by the self-regulatory media councils in this region.

Anyone who has followed the […]