Tag Archives: Press Complaints Commission

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 […]

Accuracy? Public Interest? Nah – just sell the story…

The tabloid press have been remarkably silent regarding the outrage around the Lucy Meadows story.  They reported her death with the usual deliberate misgenderings and pictures of her as male.  Since then – nothing in the redtops. One tabloid journalist has put fingers to keyboard and blogged “an alternative view“.  In it he quotes the […]

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 […]

Twitterstorms, Inaccuracies and Press Ethics

The Daily Express, for example, is outside of the Press Complaints Commission’s remit.  So what do you do if they publish an inaccurate story, like the one about the costs of treating two trans prisoners approaching £100,000?  Well, you phone them up, like Jane Fae says she did. The paper wasn’t interested in correcting things.  […]

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.  […]

Press Complaints Commission ruling on Julie Burchill article

This just in from the Press Complaints Commission: Commission’s decision in the case of Two Complainants v The Observer / The Daily Telegraph   The complainants were concerned about a comment article which responded to criticism of another columnist on social networking sites. The article had first been published by The Observer. Following The Observer’s […]

Open Letter to John Redwood MP about Leveson

Dear John, I’m writing with regard to Monday’s vote on the Crime and Courts Bill. As you may remember, I gave evidence in person to the Leveson Inquiry on 8 February last year.  While I have not personally been victimised by the British press, I was giving evidence on behalf of dozens of trans and […]