Nov 26 2012

The Politics of Leveson

Leave a comment

What does the public think? YouGov pollster and political analyst Peter Kellner dissects the latest figures that appear to show a complex picture in terms of regulation and public opinion

Channel 4 News’ Political Editor Gary Gibbon argues that the government might create a six-month consultation period after the report is published to negotiate a solution.

The Guardian’s Dan Sabbagh gives a handy guide to who is for and against ‘reform’ in this preview of how the factions are taking positions before Thursday’s publication. Continue reading

Posted by: Posted on by Charlie Beckett

Nov 26 2012

International regulatory comparisons

Leave a comment

Lara Fielden of the Reuters Institute looks at key issues and different models of press self and co- regulation from other countries.

Channel 4 News reports on the Irish regulatory system which includes a statutory element

LSE Media Policy Project explores lessons from abroad on reforming journalism self-regulation.

Channel 4 spells out the Irish press regulation model, Peter Preston of the Guardian explains why it’s not an obvious solution for the British case.

BBC is looking at the Danish experience of exercising what might sound to many in the UK a draconian system of press regulation.

Yorkshire lad and Ex-Sunday Times Washington bureau chief John Cassidy explains the News Corp Hacking Scandle to New Yorker readers. 


Continue reading

Posted by: Posted on by Charlie Beckett

Nov 26 2012

Arguments for statutory underpinning of regulation

Leave a comment

Channel 4 News reports on the Irish regulatory system which includes a statutory element

Former Channel 5 News editor and ex-City University Prof Adrian Monck reaches back into the archive for this piece he wrote in 2004 that compares broadcast and paper regulation to argue that good journalism should not fear close regulation.

An illustative example by Thais Portilho-Shrimpton, a former co-ordinator of press reform group Hacked Off and now a director at Justice Across Borders,  of what a statutory press regulation system could look like and operate in practice. Continue reading

Posted by: Posted on by Charlie Beckett

Nov 26 2012

Arguments in favour of self regulation

Leave a comment

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 the Telegraph to say that State regulation of the newspapers is the greatest threat to freedom of the press in 300 years.

Fraser Nelson, editor of The Spectator and a columnist for The Daily Telegraph,  calls for a truce on both sides of the battlefield for the freedom of the press.

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has warned that any state regulation of the press would be a “horrible, slippery slope”.

Whatever Lord Leveson says, Britain should hold on to its feral beast of a press – despite all its horror says former Telegraph editor Dominic Lawson

Former BBC man and former Index on Censorship boss John Kampfner argues that statutory regulation would hinder still further journalists who preen too much and probe too little

Polis Director Charlie Beckett (who also exec edits this blog) argues in favour of self-regulation despite all the faults of the press.

Guardian leader argues for tougher independent not self- or statutory regulation Continue reading

Posted by: Posted on by Charlie Beckett Tagged with: , , ,

Nov 23 2012

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! – What Is This Blog For?

Leave a comment

Lord Leveson will present his report on newspaper regulation this Thursday at 1:30pm

You can get it direct from The Leveson Inquiry Website.

We’ll be live on the day with some deep background coverage – we will aim to provide you with links and commentary on the best articles and research about the Leveson Report.

This blog was set up by Polis, the journalism think-tank at the London School of Economics. We will be working with our colleagues on the LSE Media Policy Project to give you detailed analysis of how the media is reporting the story, but we will also point you towards lots of authoritative analysis from experts, policy-makers and even politicians.

Much of the media coverage will be partisan. There are many lobby groups inside and outside the industry with interests. The people involved with this blog have their opinions, too, but we do not have a single collective policy position. So this blog will aim to offer an objective perspective and a range of views and information.

See the ‘about section’ for more details but we hope you find it useful.

Watch this space.






Posted by: Posted on by Gideon Reid Tagged with: , , , , , , ,