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Paul Dacre: Watch out, BBC. The political class may come for you next

29 October 2014 12:46

The below is an edited version of a speech given yesterday by Paul Dacre to the NewstrAid Benevolent Fund, a charity for those who sell and distribute newspapers and magazines. Newspapers… Continue reading

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A blessing from Joan Smith and Hacked Off (Photo: AFP/Andrew Cowie)

Hacked Off deliver ludicrous blessing of the Rotherham investigation

28 August 2014 13:36

Andrew Norfolk, the Times journalist that blew open the Rotherham child abuse scandal, can sleep well in his bed tonight, for he has been completely vindicated now. Forget the Jay… Continue reading

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Verdicts In Phone Hacking Trial

Convict the guilty. Keep the press free

25 June 2014 16:46

We have not heard much from Hugh Grant this week. Nor from Max Mosley, Steve Coogan or any of the other bizarre array of celebrities and moguls who wanted to… Continue reading

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Thanks to groups like ISIS, can we expect instability in Iraq for years to come? Photo: Getty Images.

Podcast: Terror’s comeback kids and Steve Coogan, foe of press censorship?

19 June 2014 9:10

Why do Iraq’s jihadists keep on coming back? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Freddy Gray (1 min, 29 sec) examine why groups such as ISIS have… Continue reading

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Pizzas banned as politicians get set for crunch press talks

8 October 2013 21:46

It’s funny that the pizzas that ministers, advisers and lobbyists munched as they thrashed out a deal on press regulation in March have become a symbol of all that was… Continue reading

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Newsnight's Allegra Stratton breaks the news

Sorry, Privy Council – press freedom was never yours to reject

7 October 2013 23:28

The Queen need not bother attending Wednesday’s meeting of the Privy Council: the decision over press regulation has already been taken according to BBC Newsnight. And it has leaked. An octet… Continue reading

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Lord, actually

19 September 2013 17:58

Lord Ashcroft’s Lunch Offensive continues, mercilessly. When he’s not entertaining Tom Watson and other animals, the former Tory donor can be spotted plotting with naughtier Cabinet ministers and loose-lipped journalists.… Continue reading

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Trevor Kavanagh vs Hacked Off’s Brian Cathcart on press freedom

9 July 2013 16:09

Hacked Off are feeling pretty hacked off. John Prescott has resigned as a Privy Councillor, depriving the Queen of his advice. And why? Because the press has come up with… Continue reading

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Hacked Off have tabled an amendment today in the Lords to exempt some bloggers. Photo: Getty Images.

It’s down to the House of Lords to save the bloggers

22 March 2013 18:24

On Monday, Parliament will decide the future of blogging in this country. As the government’s press regulation proposals stand, blogs big and small would come under the new press regulator.… Continue reading

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Hacked Off says press damages plan is a mistake

21 March 2013 18:30

So the latest twist in the surreal saga of statutory regulation of the press is that the campaign group which had unparalleled access to the three parties hammering out a… Continue reading

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Conservatives, Labour And Lib Dems Agree A Deal On Press Reform

Number 10: Cameron was awake and available throughout the negotiations

18 March 2013 13:24

A senior Number 10 source tells me that David Cameron was awake and available throughout the Leveson negotiations. They also point out that Nick Clegg left the meeting at 11.30pm,… Continue reading

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Which Tories will be Hacked Off’s useful idiots?

17 March 2013 12:55

Reading the Hacked Off memo on how to lobby Tory MPs is to be inducted into a wholly cynical world view. It declares, ‘These people are likely to be people… Continue reading

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Hacked Off produces its own ‘clean’ Leveson legislation

7 January 2013 12:08

It is no great surprise that Hacked Off director Brian Cathcart believes the government can’t be trusted to implement Leveson: the Prime Minister made very clear on the day of… Continue reading

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We ask the questions

22 November 2012 14:56

The enemies of a free press, also known as the mysteriously funded Hacked Off campaign, are positively salivating at the prospect of new legislation to regulate the press. I hear… Continue reading

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Hugh Grant. Photo: Getty Images.

Hugh Grant threatens Tory MP

18 September 2012 11:23

Hugh Grant graced Parliament with his presence last night for the ever tedious Brian Cathcart’s book launch. Cashing in on his involvement with the Leveson Inquiry, the journalism professor’s ‘Everybody’s… Continue reading

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