Steven Barnett

  • Permalink Gallery

    ‘Toothless’ press regulator is a busted flush, but genuine post-Leveson reform is still on the way

‘Toothless’ press regulator is a busted flush, but genuine post-Leveson reform is still on the way

Since the dust settled on the Leveson Inquiry and its recommendations, much of the UK media has sought to portray the newly-formed Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) as the answer to the press regulation question and the end of the story. Steven Barnett argues this is far from the case, and genuine independent regulation through the Royal Charter framework remains both necessary and […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    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 […]

Press self-regulation in 2014: Reasons to be cheerful

For the first time in British political history, a framework had been agreed – with full cross-party agreement – which would provide for independent, effective and enduring self-regulation of the press. That this has been achieved in the face of an immensely, albeit predictably, hostile press gives Steven Barnett reason for cheer. On 30 October this year, a small group of […]

Leveson Past, Present and Future: The politics of press regulation

Lord Justice Leveson’s recommendations for press regulation were both clever and moderate, writes Steven Barnett. They were met with a press campaign of deliberate obfuscation and downright lies. In this post he reminds us of the reasons for the Leveson inquiry and where the process towards press regulation stands now, urging Parliament to hold its nerve and curb abuses of corporate […]