3 ½ for Leveson

Here’s my marks on  Leveson’s report on the 10 issues I said he must not fluff in my blog on Tuesday. 1                     Regulation must have legal backing: we can’t have the publishers opting out. Got this one right.  Good start.  One mark. 2                     Editors and publishers, including owners, should have responsibility for what their employees Read More

10 things Leveson must not fluff this Thursday

Ten things Leveson must not fluff 1                     Regulation must have legal backing: we can’t have the publishers opting out. 2                     Editors and publishers, including owners, should have responsibility for what their employees do, as in corporate manslaughter. 3                     Newspapers need to establishe internal compliance operations to implement a newly written code. 4                     Clarify what is Read More

Never expect full freedom of speech

Don’t expect that we will ever have total freedom of speech in content. It is an object of libertarians.  But unobtainable. On the eve of Leveson’s report next week keep this in mind.  He will propose restrictions on the freedom of speech of the press.  And many will criticism him for restricting freedom of speech.  Read More

Tesco magazine better read than The Sun

Tesco magazine has overcome The Sun as the most read print publication in the UK, according to The Financial Times. This proves three things: Magazines work as a means of communication, despite some dire tales from publishers; Free content is becoming the norm: Tesco magazine is free; and Branded content in the form of contract Read More

Don’t criminalise consumption of content: only the actions which follow

We are criminalising people for consuming media: we should not be.   We should only make criminals of people who take an action as a result, not who consume content. There is a moral panic gripping us about the Savile affair and other accusations of child abuse.  The law already says that to look at child Read More

Social media puts reformers at risk

Two pieces of news this week show that social media is not such a liberating force as we had hoped. A Facebook user in Iran has, it seems, been killed by Iranian security forces for his entries; and A social media commentator in Bahrain has been jailed for offensive remarks about the regime. I am Read More