Press regulation

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…

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…

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…

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…

Tory MPs turn on Maria Miller – and Dave

7 April 2014 14:38

Maria Miller is losing friends, fast. Furious briefing over the last 24 hours has seen a host of Tory MPs withdraw their…

The new press Royal Charter must be ignored

30 October 2013 18:11

The foxes have voted, and after careful deliberation concluded that they should be in charge of the chicken coop. No one…

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 –…

Press Freedom: The state goes for everyone (and you have no right to be surprised)

17 October 2013 11:26

Britain’s journalists ought to be asking themselves an unfamiliar question: what is the point of my life? If they have…

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.…

The Spectator’s two-letter response to politicians’ plans for licensing the press

11 October 2013 17:24

What part of ‘no’ don’t they understand? Our politicians have proudly unveiled their new plan to license the press, as…

Revised Royal Charter channels Charles I’s Royal Prerogative

11 October 2013 16:56

Here is the revised Royal Charter on press regulation agreed by the three parties. It replaces the draft published in…

Leveson: press regulation is ‘your problem, not mine’

10 October 2013 15:12

Brian Leveson has no opinions on press regulation, apparently. It just took him three hours to repeat this to MPs,…

PIZZA

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…

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…

Ministers made a poor use of Parliament on press regulation

6 May 2013 18:47

The government’s decision to delay signing off the Royal Charter for press regulation was initially heralded as a dramatic change…

The Regulated?

25 April 2013 13:58

With plummeting sales and the damage caused by the Johann Hari scandal, Chris Blackhurst had his work cut out when he took over…

Maria Miller and Oliver Letwin gave the impression today that now those cross-party talks were over, deciding the future of press regulation was a lovely experience, like skipping happily through a sunlit meadow. Picture: Carla Millar

Maria Miller and Oliver Letwin’s perfect press regulation

16 April 2013 16:20

There was a curious meeting of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee this morning. The MPs took evidence from…

Leveson: Don’t be frightened by the state

26 March 2013 13:12

If David Cameron had any sense, he would stand up in the Commons and say “I am withdrawing the Royal…

‘Small-scale’ bloggers hear the chimes of freedom

25 March 2013 16:57

Bloggers of the United Kingdom rejoice – an exemption from the all-new press controls looks to be on the way.…

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…

Dreaming of systems so perfect that no one will need to be good

22 March 2013 10:45

I have a piece in this morning’s Wall Street Journal (Europe) on our new press regulations titled ‘We have the…

Do politicians know what they’re doing with the Royal Charter?

22 March 2013 8:45

I witnessed my first-ever PMQs last week. It was, as my friend and Spectator colleague Isabel Hardman told me, not…