Tim Crook

Posts Tagged ‘Lord Justice Leveson’

Statutory control behind the harlot’s screen. Subtle politics in law.

In Opinion on December 1, 2012 at 6:39 pm
Hacked Off campaigners give their reaction to LJ Leveson's verdict that the British press safeguards democracy and also wrecks havoc on the lives of innocent people.

Hacked Off campaigners give their reaction to LJ Leveson’s verdict that the British press safeguards democracy and also wrecks havoc on the lives of innocent people.

Former British Prime Minister of the 1930s Stanley Baldwin once said the power without responsibility abused by press was the prerogative of the harlot through the ages. Lord Justice Leveson in 2012 recommends that politicians should enter the harlot’s boudoir and direct the press how to behave behind a screen or two. They might do it via a cadre of Ofcom handmaidens, but the effect will be the same.

Well it’s happened. Sir Brian Leveson has given his verdict on the culture, practices, and ethics of Britain’s press and conduct with public, police and politicians. Like all good criminal judges he weighed the mitigation before punching with the sentence, though at the end he conceded ‘the ball moves back into the politicians’ court. They must now decide who guards the guardians.’ Read the rest of this entry »

Hackgate and its Implications

In conferences and events on October 31, 2011 at 6:37 pm
Last front page of the News of the World

Edition number 8,674 July 10th 2011 of the News of the World

The Institute of Communications Ethics held its annual conference on Friday October 28th in London and explored Hackgate and its implications. The papers presented at the Foreign Press Association in the Commonwealth Club reflected the consternation and divided opinions that the scandal has generated within British journalism and the academy. Read the rest of this entry »