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    The clock is ticking for IPSO, the UK’s new press regulator

The clock is ticking for IPSO, the UK’s new press regulator

The phone hacking scandal, which has seen Andy Coulson, David Cameron’s former spin doctor, and other journalists jailed, has yet to produce any significant reform in the way the press is regulated. Damian Tambini calls on the board of the new press regulator, IPSO, to reform it fast or resign. 

Journalists have been imprisoned in the UK in the past […]

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    The increasingly close ties between leading politicians and journalists in Britain have been to the detriment of the public interest

The increasingly close ties between leading politicians and journalists in Britain have been to the detriment of the public interest

The British press, from the Sun to the Telegraph and most points in between, were quick to castigate the Crown Prosecution Service for its attacks on the ‘free press’ after the acquittal of Rebekah Brooks and despite the conviction of Andy Coulson. There are no winners in this case, writes Mick Temple. Neither the press, police nor politicians emerge well […]

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    Excessive media power in the UK necessitates a more efficient and potent regulatory system

Excessive media power in the UK necessitates a more efficient and potent regulatory system

Creating spectacle in whatever form sells copy, but it also greatly increases visibility. Politicians need visibility and need the media in order to reach the electorate, to get through to them. This has created a very symbiotic but also a toxic relationship between political and media elites, writes Bart Cammaerts. With the disproportional degree of power the media holds comes responsibility, transparency […]

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    The hacking trial was just round one in the fight to rescue journalism

The hacking trial was just round one in the fight to rescue journalism

The Coulson-Brooks verdicts and the trial itself will be treated by the blinkered, screeching anti-Leveson lobby as conclusive evidence that nothing more needs to be done, writes Steven Barnett. In fact, we have barely reached the end of Act One. This is an opportunity finally and definitively to reclaim journalism for journalists, to implement the charter framework on press self-regulation […]

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

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

Andy Coulson, former editor of the now defunct News of the World tabloid and David Cameron’s former communications chief, has been found guilty of conspiring to hack phones. His co-defendant, Rebekah Brooks, has been cleared of all charges. Charlie Beckett believes the verdict places more of a burden on editors to cultivate a culture of responsibility and accountability in their newsrooms.
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UK press regulation update: A very British fudge

In the coming weeks the new press regulator IPSO will unveil it’s board and officially launch. We can also expect an announcement about the  Recognition Panel established under the Royal Charter to audit the new system of newspaper self-regulation. Those expecting to finally see the implementation of Leveson’s reforms are likely to be disappointed however, argues Damian Tambini.

Back in January, when I looked forward to the development of press regulation […]

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    Television dramas have increasingly reinforced a picture of British politics as ‘sleazy’

Television dramas have increasingly reinforced a picture of British politics as ‘sleazy’

There were 24 TV dramas produced about New Labour and all made a unique contribution to public perceptions of politics. These dramas increasingly reinforced a picture of British politics as ‘sleazy’ and were apt to be believed by many already cynical viewers as representing the truth. Steven Fielding argues that political scientists need to look more closely at how culture […]

In democracies an effective media and opposition are both needed to sanction leaders’ foreign policy missteps

Common wisdom in international affairs is that when democratically elected leaders and governments make threats towards other states, these are credible; voters will punish leaders who do not follow through on their words. New research by Philip B. K. Potter and Matthew A. Baum argues however, that not all democracies are equal in the credibility of their threats of military […]

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