A reflection on ‘Great Britain’ (guest blog)

LSE student Ross Longton looks at the on-going challenge to find an ethical balance between the police and the media.

Outside, the banner of a West-End theatre states: ‘Press. Police. Politics’. Inside, the London Metropolitan Police is portrayed as a venal and imbecilic organisation rendered helpless by ambitious journalists.

Although the play, ‘Great Britain’, is satirical, the reality is, the proximity between […]


Nick Davies and journalism’s bullying culture

Polis Intern Alex Forbess reports on the latest Polis Media Agenda Talk featuring The Guardian’s Nick Davies.

It seems simple:  if you see a child picking on one of his classmates, a parent, teacher, or even a police officer, would intervene and tell him to stop. But investigative journalist Nick Davies says there was no such protective reaction to the raw, […]

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What does the Brooks Coulson phone-hacking verdict tell us about editors’ responsibility for their newsrooms?

The verdict in the phone-hacking trial raises an interesting question: how much do editors know about what happens in their newsrooms? I think the problem at the News of the World was symptomatic of a certain period in tabloid journalism. The problem in that newsroom was particular to the people involved and perhaps the proprietor, too. But even allowing […]


The world’s hacks now think that UK press is less free – they may be right

One fact that can unite all sides in the post-Leveson press regulation debate is that the world now thinks that British journalists are less free and less likely to be free in the future. This perception may be caused by false representations of the issues by the UK media or simple ignorance of the facts. But there is no doubt […]


As James Harding Gets The Mourinho Treatment, Is it Game over for Team Delaunay? (Guest blog)

This post by LSE’s Dr Damian Tambini vwas first posted on the Media Policy Project blog: If Paul Dacre is the unchallengeable and dominant Alex Ferguson of British Newspaper Editors, Alan Rusbridger is probably Arsene Wenger:  flashes of brilliance and an attractive style, but underperformance in the premier league of UK print sales. This would make James Harding Jose Mourinho: […]

December 13th, 2012|Journalism|0 Comments|

After Leveson: watch a recording of our debate hosted by Channel 4 News

Channel 4 News and the London School of Economics Media Policy Project  teamed up in an online Google+ HangoutHangout with LSE MPP & Channel 4 News  to get reaction and analysis on what this means for the future of the British media.

Click here to go the a recording of the 30 minute discussion which include Hugh åTomlinson QC, Martin Moore (Media Standards Trust), […]


Why Leveson Matters (and it’s not really the report)

So here it comes. 2000 pages of evidence on how British newspapers behave and why that must change. Maybe some suggestions for how to make it happen through new regulation. Does this matter? I’ve argued in the past the the Leveson inquiry is an historic curiosity. The judge keeps sidling up to the issue of newspaper decline and the rise […]


What do we want of Leveson report?

FT  brings up the personal side of Sir Brian – “a private man” he is no more.

Right now BBC is recapping interview evidence given during the inquiry in the run up to Lord Leveson’s statement.

With hour to go before the Leveson report is published, a number of selected witnesses and stakeholders make their final speech to the case and voice […]

November 28th, 2012|Leveson|1 Comment|

International perspectives on Leveson – what the non-UK media says

Canada’s Globe and Mail claims the British press and its foes are ‘terrified’ over the outcome of Lord Leveson’s Report. The New Zealand Herald documents the ‘judgment day’ that awaits the British press. The Hollywood Reporter focuses on the implications the Leveson Report will have on the relationship between the media and celebrities.  Hugh Grant, J.K. Rowling and Charlotte Church have been vocal proponents […]


Arguments in favour of self regulation

Justin Schlosberg of Birkbeck, University of London draws a thick line between freedom of the press and freedom of media owners, and warns that protecting the latter can have dire consequences for free speech rights in the UK. Times’ Editor James Harding argues for what he calls ‘judicial’ not statutory underpinning of tougher newspaper regulation 86 Tory MPs write to […]

November 26th, 2012|Leveson|0 Comments|