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Press Regulation – the never ending story by Jon Slattery

It’s incredible to think that Lord Leveson produced his report almost five years ago, yet critically important issues remain unresolved. As the UK continues its slide down the World Press Freedom Index, Jon Slattery updates us on this sorry state of affairs.

Posted on: 25 May 2017

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Media Quotes of the Year by Jon Slattery

It was the media year in which the first UK national newspaper abandoned print to go digital only. There were continuing cutbacks, launches, leaks, digital disruption, Boris and Brexit. Here, Jon Slattery picks his best media quotes of the year.

Posted on: 27 November 2016

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The Indy: putting up a good fight but can it win the war? by Jon Slattery

In March, the Independent closed its print editions and went digital-only. Obituaries were written and tears shed, though the publishers themselves were resolutely upbeat about their online future. Jon Slattery takes a look at the Independent to see if the spirit of ’86 lives on.

Posted on: 27 July 2016

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Investigations: Journalists can be heroes by Jon Slattery

Two films released in the UK this year, writes Jon Slattery, highlight the way brilliant investigative journalism requires strong editors and publishers, teams of dedicated reporters, time and resources.

Posted on: 01 April 2016

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FoI Under Threat by Jon Slattery

The Freedom of Information Act came into force in January 2005. One decade on, how is FoI viewed by politicians and publishers? Jon Slattery investigates.

Posted on: 26 November 2015

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The Big Freeze: The Chill in Relations between the Press and Police by Jon Slattery

The Leveson Report created a chill in the relations between the press and the police. Now, writes Jon Slattery, it’s turned into a deep freeze following revelations police used the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa) – dubbed the ‘Grim Ripa’ by The Sun – to identify journalists’ sources.

Posted on: 25 March 2015

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“Cut me and I bleed ink” - Malcolm Starbrook interview by Jon Slattery

Malcolm Starbrook retired in July after 45 years in journalism. In those 45 years, he worked for nationals and regionals, newspapers and magazines, publishers and regulators. In short, he’s seen it all. He tells Jon Slattery that, despite all the digital disruption, it’s still the journalism that matters and argues we need “more journalists not fewer”.

Posted on: 25 November 2014

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Journalism that matters by Jon Slattery

The Regional Press Awards, held on 16 May at the Lancaster Hotel in London, celebrated the best of regional journalism. Jon Slattery applauds the many examples of strong serious journalism that made a real difference to the communities they serve.

Posted on: 14 July 2014

Twitter – hot damn! by Jon Slattery

Not being on Twitter, writes Jon Slattery, leaves print journalists as out of touch as the judge who asked: ‘Who are the Beatles?’

Posted on: 19 March 2014

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The Royal Charter: Press regulation without volunteers by Jon Slattery

The New Year sees the UK join the likes of Ethiopia, Libya, Azerbaijan and Myanmar in receiving a press freedom mission from WAN-IFRA. Incredible! How has it come to this? Jon Slattery looks at the ongoing battle over press regulation.

Posted on: 25 January 2014

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How the press got back its mojo – and its regulation in first by Jon Slattery

What a summer. The Lions won in Australia, Andy Murray took the Wimbledon title, Chris Froome stormed to victory in the Tour de France, the Ashes were retained – and, writes Jon Slattery, the British press got back its mojo.

Posted on: 17 September 2013

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Sun Sunday – one year on by Jon Slattery

The Sun Sunday launched in February 2012, plugging a gap left by the closure of the News of the World. A year and a bit on, Jon Slattery looks at its impact on the Sunday tabloid market.

Posted on: 19 May 2013

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What did Maggie Thatcher ever do for us? by Jon Slattery

Baroness Thatcher’s death on Monday has lead to wall-to-wall coverage of her life and legacy, and this will no doubt continue through the weekend and up to her funeral at St Paul’s on Wednesday. Jon Slattery looks at her impact on the media world.

Posted on: 12 April 2013

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The Royal Charter and the Press by Jon Slattery

According to Jon Slattery, you’ve got to be worried when politicians look so pleased with themselves. Jon looks back on a tumultuous week for the press.

Posted on: 22 March 2013

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Leveson – the recommendations by Jon Slattery

On 29 November, Lord Justice Leveson presented his long awaited report into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. The million or so words, spread over four volumes, quickly became distilled into one central question – should there be statutory underpinning of press regulation? Jon Slattery looks at the report and publisher reaction to it.

Posted on: 16 January 2013

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Leveson Modules 3 and 4 by Jon Slattery

And then it was over! After many months of sometimes shocking testimony, Lord Justice Leveson brought proceedings in Court 73 to a close at the end of July and retired to the thankless task of drawing up his recommendations. Jon Slattery looks at what Modules 3 and 4 tell us about the state of the press and the likely future of press regulation.

Posted on: 18 September 2012

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Leveson Inquiry Module 2 by Jon Slattery

With the conclusion of Module 2, the Leveson Inquiry reached its half way point. Module 2 has seen less celebrity glitz but there have still been some explosive revelations. There has also been, writes John Slattery, a distinct lack of balance.

Posted on: 15 May 2012

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Leveson – module 1 by Jon Slattery

Module 1 of the Inquiry, which examined the relationship between the press and the public and looked at phone-hacking and other potentially illegal behaviour, was completed in February. Jon Slattery looks back at some of the main talking points.

Posted on: 09 March 2012

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Let’s do press regulation again… by Jon Slattery

After a summer dominated by the twists and turns of the phone hacking scandal and the shock closure of the News of the World, writes Jon Slattery, now comes the reckoning for the press.

Posted on: 12 September 2011

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News of the World: RIP by Jon Slattery

It was the week the rotten roof finally caved in on the News of the World, writes Jon Slattery, as it was engulfed by the phone hacking scandal and was closed in the ultimate damage limitation exercise.

Posted on: 08 July 2011

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Super-injunctions: a Spycatcher Moment? by Jon Slattery

When the national press gets mad, it gets really mad, writes Jon Slattery. And it is absolutely furious about the growing number of super-injunctions being imposed by what it sees as a judge-made privacy law.

Posted on: 13 May 2011

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When two tribes go to war by Jon Slattery

The start of 2011 has seen the press in the dock, the PCC under pressure, and mutual recriminations flying around Fleet Street. How, asks Jon Slattery, do you unite the street fighters and the missionaries of the national press in the wake of the phone hacking scandal?

Posted on: 17 March 2011

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Publishers rally to support PCC... but does Richard Desmond care? by Jon Slattery

Jon Slattery looks at the implications of this week’s decision to exclude Northern & Shell titles from the PCC.

Posted on: 14 January 2011

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Cablegate by Jon Slattery

The Vince Cable sting by Telegraph journalists was an early Christmas present for media hacks and conspiracy theorists, writes Jon Slattery.

Posted on: 06 January 2011

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Internet abuse: the postings dilemma facing publishers by Jon Slattery

The backlash started this summer. Publishers who had eagerly embraced the openness of the internet and the opportunity to engage in “a conversation” with their readers decided they were fed up with the torrent of anonymous abusive comments on their websites, writes Jon Slattery.

Posted on: 22 November 2010

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The Times’ Paywall: Not a simple story so far by Jon Slattery

Journalists like to keep it simple. So, writes Jon Slattery, with the Times’ paywall story the simplest way to see it is to divide the media into two camps.

Posted on: 15 July 2010

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Ending the online free speech free-for-all by Jon Slattery

Jon Slattery looks at the implications of the recent decision of the Independent and Times to ban anonymous postings on their sites.

Posted on: 10 June 2010

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