Category Archives: Press intrusion

MailOnline and children, again

This week saw Daily Mail picture editor Paul Silva face the Leveson inquiry. During the questioning he was asked about the privacy of children, here is a summary from the free speech blog: Silva agreed with a celebrity asking for privacy for their children, and that he “would go along with whatever they ask”. He […]

Children of famous parents and their right to privacy

Another thing I would like to see from the Leveson Inquiry is the conclusion that plastering the faces of young children across newspapers and their websites simply because they have been born to famous parents is utterly unacceptable. The PCC code of practice does mention Children and states: Editors must not use the fame, notoriety […]

Richard Peppiatt’s speech to the Leveson inquiry

Your must read article of the day, largely because it is someone from inside the newspaper industry confirming my own arguments about how media narratives are constructed and adhered to by all of the journalists working for a particular newspaper: In approximately 900 newspaper bylines I can probably count on fingers and toes the times […]

Rebecca Leighton innocent, who will the press smear next?

Recently 8 newspapers agreed to apologise to Chris Jefferies and pay him damages for libel after they destroyed his reputation because he happened – unluckily – to be the landlord of murder victim Joanna Yeates. After having his character completely destroyed on the front page the newspapers only deemed an apology worthy of page 2. […]

Brief thoughts on today’s hearing

Just a couple of brief thoughts on today’s U.K. Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee hearing. Firstly, in many ways it was exactly what was expected: politicians demonstrating that they are not often elected on merit or ability; those summoned pleading almost universal amnesia or simply skirting around answering questions with a stream of waffle […]

Crime and _________?

One of the things that has always struck me about the Press Complaints Commission is that it rarely seems able to punish newspapers even when they make serious errors – or worse they are caught out deliberately lying. Very often this means that the only way a member of the public can feel like any […]

What about the real news?

Today’s Daily Mail editorial condenses all of the basic arguments that have been trotted out by their ever-so-compliant columnists in the past week as to why we should all forget about hacking and move onto something else: ‘Never mind phone hacking, what about the real issues facing Britain?‘ [istyosty.com link]. In the real world, bleak […]

David Cameron admits he was badly wrong about the PCC

Im May this year David Cameron – appearing on Radio 4′s Today Programme – defended the concept of press self-regulation and in particular he made sure he directed some praise towards the PCC. He said: “I sense that there’s still more to be done to recognise that actually the Press Complaints Commission has come on […]

Waking-up to the real state of our tabloid press

It is a huge story. The allegations that the News of the World hacked into Milly Dowler’s phone and not only listened to the messages but also deleted some of them to free-up space for new messages which, according to the Guardian, led to: friends and relatives of Milly concluded wrongly that she might still […]