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There’s one day left to help defend press freedom

9 January 2017 17:36

Think of the scandals of the last two decades; think of who exposed them. That’s why we need to protect…


Labour goes to war with the government on press regulation

1 November 2016 17:14

Today in Parliament, press regulation was top of the agenda. The government secured a Commons victory overturning a Lords amendment…

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Why does Nicholas ‘fatty’ Soames want to muzzle the press over gastric band surgery?

2 May 2016 15:39

A few weeks ago, the Sunday Times had an amusing story by the estimable Tim Shipman about Nicholas Soames MP…

Students gather to voice their anger at the brutal death of writer and blogger Avijit Roy during a protest at Dhaka's University campus last year

Revealed: UK government blocks foreign journalists from press freedom conference

12 April 2016 9:40

On its website the Foreign and Commonwealth Office claims that ‘we’re strengthening the Commonwealth as a focus for democratic practice…

Turkish anti-riot police officers use tear gas to disperse supporters in front of the headquarters of the Turkish daily newspaper Zaman in Istanbul on March 5, 2016. Image: OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey’s assault on press freedom is the act of a dictatorship, not a democracy

5 March 2016 20:00

When Vice News journalist Mohammed Ismael Rasool was detained by Turkish authorities last August, I wrote to a friend in Turkey…

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

Lord Leveson’s legacy could be the death of investigative journalism

15 October 2015 14:24

Later this year, or more probably in the spring of 2016, the following scene may play out on the steps…

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If it’s not ok to hound Sienna Miller and Steve Coogan, why is it ok to hound Nigel Farage?

24 March 2015 9:56

Faragephobia reached dizzy new heights on Sunday afternoon, when a bunch of thespians and circus freaks invaded Nigel Farage’s local…

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David Cameron ‘wholeheartedly’ defends right to publish Charlie Hebdo cover

13 January 2015 13:43

The latest issue of Charlie Hebdo goes on sale tomorrow, with around 1,000 copies expected to be available in the UK.…

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Gun attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo ‘kills 12’

7 January 2015 11:42

Gunmen have attacked the Paris office of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Current reports suggest that up to 12 people…

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Sajid Javid’s first move as Culture Secretary has been to defend press freedom.

26 April 2014 11:28

When Maria Miller was Culture Secretary, her aides kindly invited me to a consultation to give my thoughts about government’s…

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Newcastle United FC: a local fight for freedom of the press

30 October 2013 10:38

Up north, there’s an intriguing battle going on between the local press and Newcastle United. The football club has declared…

Soham Trial Nears Conclusion

British journalists lock each other up and throw away the key

28 October 2013 21:23

In the past few days, my colleagues on the Guardian have been publishing stories of national and international significance –…

Lord Leveson Publishes His Eagerly Awaited Report Into Press Standards

The Leveson Test – separating the ‘Decent Left’ from ‘the Idiots’

22 October 2013 14:18

If the Leveson Inquiry does nothing else, then it has at least provided a useful guide to the British Left…

The Spectator's response to Maria Miller

Sorry, Maria Miller. We still won’t sign

8 October 2013 18:06

The very fact that a Cabinet member has stood up in the House of Commons to make a statement on…

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Miliband vs Mail reveals Labour leader’s belief about the role of politicians

4 October 2013 9:24

It’s hardly a surprise that Ed Miliband has called for another inquiry following the row about the Daily Mail’s treatment…

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After Leveson and McCluskey, does Alex Salmond believe in the freedom of the press?

18 March 2013 11:53

So, it seems some kind of torturous “deal” has been reached in London on how best to regulate the press…

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Democracy is shooting itself in the foot with this emotional Leveson debate

15 March 2013 9:46

The breakdown of cross-party talks today seems to be creating a make or break moment for the basic principle of…


Lib Dems and Labour concerned by Tory Leveson Royal Charter plans

12 February 2013 18:28

Does the Royal Charter, published by the Conservative party this afternoon, take politicians any further away from meddling with press…

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Cross-party consensus on Leveson tested with Royal Charter plan

12 February 2013 8:22

The Conservatives publish their plans for a Royal Charter to underpin regulation of the press today. Although the cross-party talks…

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Every tabloid’s worst nightmare

25 January 2013 12:22

What would George Orwell write about today? asked the Guardian. Here’s our nomination: an EU report that recommends giving the…

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Who speaks for the British press?

4 December 2012 17:57

At the end of the editors’ meeting in 10 Downing St today, there was an awkward moment when someone asked…


Ed Miliband's Leveson response shows his weakness: he's a follower, not a leader. - Spectator Blogs

3 December 2012 15:09

The biggest risk in punditry is the determination to see what you want to see. Confirmation bias is an ever-present…

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Government to draft legislation on Leveson recommendations

30 November 2012 9:25

The first of many cross-party discussions on the response to the Leveson Inquiry lasted 30 minutes last night. The ‘frank’…

Lord Leveson Publishes His  Report Into Media Standards

Press freedom has just acquired its most important defender: David Cameron

30 November 2012 8:34

For precisely 99 minutes yesterday, it looked like press freedom in Britain was doomed. At 1.30pm Lord Leveson announced his…

Has Westminster forgotten our friends in the north?

The View from 22 — Broken Britain, Osborne on the up and Spectator says no to a state-licensed press

29 November 2012 13:05

Has national politics in Britain given up on the North of England? In this week’s cover feature, director of Policy Exchange…