Leveson

Jeremy Corbyn says he likes my journalism – so why does he want to muzzle the press?

24 August 2018 14:37

Any local reporter would be pleased to hear a leading politician stand up for public interest journalism. Jeremy Corbyn did…

Leveson 2 has been defeated – but the enemies of press freedom will be back

9 May 2018 18:45

The parliamentary majority for keeping a free press in Britain fell to just nine votes this evening. The attempt to bring…

A victory for press freedom (with thanks to Spectator readers and a few brave MPs)

1 March 2018 11:38

At the start of last year, The Spectator sought the help of readers in defending press freedom. Theresa May’s government was consulting on…

Press freedom: it was Spectator readers wot won it

18 May 2017 20:12

A few months ago, The Spectator sought the help of readers in defending press freedom. Theresa May’s government was consulting…

A vote for the Tories is now a vote for a free press

18 May 2017 16:41

I have long campaigned against the activation of section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act, as well as a…

Press regulation will silence pesky gadflies like me

9 January 2017 14:49

Nineteen years ago I was threatened with a libel suit by Harold Evans because of an article I’d written in…

Competition: write a response to the government’s ‘consultation’ on press freedom

20 December 2016 14:00

Since my blog about the new threat to press freedom yesterday, and the notorious Section 40 being consulted on by the…

The new battle for press freedom

19 December 2016 14:34

The fight for press freedom is back on – and it needs your help. The government is consulting on a…

What the papers say: Labour’s ‘thunderous hypocrisy’ on press regulation

2 November 2016 8:48

Press regulation – something of a political hot potato – is top of the agenda once again after Culture Secretary Karen Bradley…

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…

The Whittingdale ‘scandal’ shows why Britain’s free press is more responsible than its critics

13 April 2016 14:08

For weeks, Westminster has been full of rumours about the private life of a certain cabinet member. It was said…

When the press quivers before the powerful, no one benefits. Except, of course, the powerful

8 October 2015 11:37

Imagine living in a country where a politician could not only force a newspaper to retract a report but could…

Lord Sewel, you’ve made me proud to be British

27 July 2015 16:07

The Lord Sewel scandal makes me feel proud to be British. For here, thanks to some glorious John Wilkes-style dirt-digging…

Michael Gove vs. the ‘creaking’ legal establishment — round one

23 June 2015 9:06

Members of the legal profession who were hoping Michael Gove’s time would be consumed trying to solve the Human Rights Act…

Was it Evgeny Lebedev wot won it?

17 May 2015 7:03

During this election, every newspaper endorsed the party that most of their readers support – with two exceptions. The Independent…

Maria Miller reminds us why no politician should oversee the press

5 April 2014 11:43

The Daily Telegraph last night released the audio of Maria Miller’s special adviser implying very clearly that its reporter should…

David Cameron: the press may regret its defiance over regulation

26 December 2013 7:41

In my interview with David Cameron in the current Christmas edition of The Spectator, there wasn’t enough space for everything…

BBC vs newspapers – who wields the power?

29 November 2013 11:00

David Yelland, a former Sun editor turned a PR director, is today giving a lecture to Hacked Off’s parent group…

Why does the Guardian only get worked up about the press’s freedom to leak?

16 October 2013 16:34

Alan Rusbridger, the editor of the Guardian, has been busy tweeting comments from Jill Abramson, the new executive editor of…

The ‘polite protests’ from Buckingham Palace over Leveson

16 October 2013 16:07

As the whole Leveson wrangle approaches its climax (or anti-climax), one collateral, innocent victim of it all is the Queen.…