Reforming the press (after the hacking scandal)

Reforming the Press (after the hacking scandal)

Investigations into phone-hacking at News of the World and other British tabloids began in 2005 but came to head in July 2011 when it was revealed that newspapers under Rupert Murdoch’s News International had illegally accessed the phones of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, British soldiers, and 7/7 victims. Bloggers criticised collusion between the media, politicians and the police; argued for a balance between tougher regulation and press freedom; and debated the lines between privacy and public interest.

Greater action must be taken in combating the sexual objectification of women in the print media

Last week the Leveson inquiry into the practices of the press turned to the issue of sexism in the media. Suvi Ramo of OBJECT argues that the objectification and sexualisation of women in British tabloid press is rife, and that this has a huge impact on societal attitudes. Greater regulation of print media is now needed in order to make […]

2012 may bring a reversal by the government on the deregulation of the UK’s media

At the close of 2011, British Politics and Policy at LSE asked our contributors for their thoughts and predictions for 2012. Looking ahead, Sally Broughton Micova finds that while traditionally Conservative governments are in favour of liberalisation and deregulation, the extraordinary events of 2011 such as the phone hacking scandal, mean that government will continue to be under pressure to […]

The Leveson inquiry should encourage more sensitive media coverage of suicides to help prevent copycat deaths.

Much of the evidence given at the Leveson Inquiry so far has focused on invasion of privacy and harassment by the press and press intrusion into grief and shock. These issues are currently laid out in the Editors’ Code of Practice, regulated by the Press Complaints Commission. Nicola Peckett, Head of Communications at Samaritans, looks at how suicides are reported […]

The riots and phone hacking saga remind us how fragile public confidence in government and corporations has become. Greater leadership, transparency and accountability are the first steps towards regaining this trust.

The recent riots in the UK and high-level crimes such as phone hacking, and the MPs expenses scandal, reveal a lack of public confidence in the police, government and big business. Special police advisor William J. Bratton CBE draws on his experience in law enforcement and corporate leadership and finds that tough standards on accountability and transparency are needed to […]

The government should resist calls for further press regulation in the wake of the phone hacking scandal. Further regulation would seriously hamper independent journalism.

In the wake of the News International phone hacking scandal, many have called for further regulation of the press and an investigation into the concentration of media sources. Matthew Partridge argues that these proposals would actually hinder independent comment and journalistic expression.

The phone hacking scandal shows that our system of police governance is in urgent need of root and branch review

Commentators are describing the current controversies as the biggest crisis at Scotland Yard for decades. They are probably right. Two senior officers have already paid the price. Others look vulnerable and this crisis has some way to run yet. Tim Newburn argues that there is an absence of a clear and coherent system of police accountability, and that police governance […]

Wapping-gate exposes serious questions about the ethics of UK journalism and the collusion of media, politics and security forces

A broad debate is needed about ethics in journalism and how to enforce them without impeding on press freedom when it comes to matters of genuine public interest, writes Bart Cammaerts. There is a long standing tradition in this country (as in many others) that if you want to remove something from the public debate because it is too controversial […]

Reforming the press (after the hacking scandal), a new theme for British Politics and Policy at LSE

Beginning with Damian Tambini’s article today, British Politics and Policy at LSE is launching a new theme – Reforming the press (after the hacking scandal). After this month’s revelations about phone hacking, it is clear that the way in which the British press is currently regulated in the UK urgently needs some kind of reform. With judge-leads inquiries already under way, and […]