Tag Archives: Editors Code

Section 40 and Leveson 2

The Government has just closed it’s consultation on whether to commence Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013, and whether to hold Part 2 of the Leveson Inquiry. To the uninitiated, commencement is making sure that the law now applies. It’s not enough for it just to receive Royal Assent, the relevant Government […]

IPSO Ruling on Rod Liddle’s Sun comment piece on Emily Brothers

00572-15 Trans Media Watch v The Sun Summary of Complaint Trans Media Watch, acting with the consent of Emily Brothers, complained to the Independent Press Standards Organisation that The Sun had breached Clause 12 (Discrimination) and Clause 3 (Privacy) of the Editors’ Code of Practice in columns published on 11 December 2014 and 15 January […]

I fear this isn’t going to end well

From the publication of a letter from 130 academics in The Observer on Saturday decrying the “no platforming” by some universities (or, more specifically, student unions) of various people because of views they espouse, to a letter rather gratuitously headlined “Twitter mob who vowed to kill me over transgender letter have got it all wrong” […]

Regrets, I’ve had a few

It’s not often that I write about an individual. In general I try to steer well away from such pieces. It stems from a fundamental belief that people should be free to make their own decisions in the awareness of their own circumstances. Matthew Attonley was interviewed pretty sensitively by Philip Schofield and Amanda Holden […]

Parliament and the Press Complaints Commission

Yesterday I, with one other, paid a visit to the Press Complaints Commission.  I was asked why, as the generally accepted view is that its days are numbered.  But my purpose was quite simple.  I wanted to spur them into some kind of pre-emptive action, and to explain to them just some of the emotion that […]

Vigil

Monday’s vigil seemed to come from nowhere.  It’s certainly nothing to do with Trans Media Watch.  It’s strongly positioned as a vigil of respect, not as a vigil of protest, for which I’m relieved.  I plan to be there, to show my respects to another trans person, harassed then monstered by a press who wouldn’t […]

The Ongoing Saga of Tabloids and Trans People

It’s not been a good 24 hours for trans people’s relations with the British press. Yesterday evening, the Press Complaints Commission ruled that Julie Burchill’s January article did not breach the Editors Code.  On a strict “legal” definition, that’s true, as the Code only specifically restricts discriminatory articles against named individuals, and accuracy more generally.  […]