A British Bill of Rights would be worse for press freedom

Fraser Nelson has a piece in the Telegraph arguing that freedom of the press ought to be enshrined in a British Bill of Rights. That’s a bad idea. Why? Partly because we already have a perfectly good protection for freedom of the press, and that’s article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, the 60-year-old […]

Media regulation: discussion event report

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been publishing a series of posts from contributors on the topic of media regulation and democracy. On 25 April, the contributors and others gathered at the RSA to discuss their pieces and the issues that were raised, and this is a rough record of the discussion. These are multiple […]

Media regulation: Rectifying the flaw

On 25 April, Demsoc is holding a discussion event on media regulation and new democracy at the RSA in London. This contribution to the debate comes from Dave Boyle. If you would like to attend, numbers are limited, but a few free tickets are left. In his famous mea culpa, Alan Greenspan told the US […]

“Fair to the truth” journalism

Jay Rosen’s blog Pressthink has an analysis of the new National Public Radio ethics guidance that tries to move the station away from “he said, she said” journalism, or in Paul Krugman’s magnificent phrase “Views still differ on shape of planet“. The new guidance says: At all times, we report for our readers and listeners, not […]

Media regulation: Carnegie recommends voluntary regulator

Carnegie UK have published Blair Jenkins’ report on Better Journalism in the Digital Age (report, summary pdfs). The report calls for a voluntary regulation regime, with strong incentives for joining, such as easier press accreditation or possibly labelling schemes. A new code of conduct would be at the heart of the regulatory regime. Jenkins also […]

Media Regulation: Case for a Press Ombudsman

I resume this post on press regulation warily [the first part is here]. After all, no less an authority than the editor of the Daily Mirror informed Lord Leveson’s enquiry that bloggers are cowboys. Perhaps, instead of sharing ideas we considered on the design of a future regulator at the Democratic Society roundtable before Christmas, […]

Media regulation. December roundtable. Personal view

In December I had the pleasure of chairing a Democratic Society debate on media regulation. Contributors were Kevin Anderson, Kathryn Corrick, Douglas White, and Anthony Zacharzewski. This is part of a series of events, including future discussions, blogs and online debates, supported by the Carnegie Trust. Over the next couple of months, contributors will consider as […]

Media regulation project: first meeting

Happy New Year to everyone. Just before the Christmas break, we kicked off our media regulation project with a discussion session in London. Kathryn Corrick, Kevin Anderson, Douglas White from Carnegie UK, and Anthony from Demsoc took part, and the session was chaired by Paul Connolly from PAVKO. Dave Boyle and David Allen Green weren’t able […]

Media regulation and democracy project

It may be almost Christmas but we’re still hard at work, and this week we’re kicking off a new project on media regulation and democracy, leading to an event in late February/early March. We’re working with the Carnegie UK Trust, and asking the question: what sort of media regulation is needed to support future democracy? […]