Tag Archives: press regulation

I had thought that by the time I reached my 50s the bullying would stop

I still remember all the feelings of being bullied at school – the constant attacks while the teacher wasn’t looking; the general low-level nature of the abuse, so that any reaction was viewed as extreme, but with some peaks where fights break out. All the time you feel powerless. No-one seems to do anything to […]

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 […]

2013 – Where are we at?

It was pretty much a year ago that the Fleet Street week of shame commenced.  It started with David Batty’s expose that Dr Richard Curtis was being investigated by the GMC – something that quite a few folk had known about for 18 months, and a report that raised questions about “balance” and “trans being […]

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 End of The World?

Do you hear the klaxons sound, warning of the sky falling in?  No?  Because, if you believe the press right now, one of our greatest liberties, the freedom of the press, has been frittered away by a cosy late-night deal between Hacked Off and senior politicians from all main parties, and approved by a vengeful […]

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 […]

Leveson – Filters and Failures

The Prime Minister today surprisingly pulled out of cross-party talks over implementation of the Leveson Report.  His resistance to statutory underpinning, unknown until Leveson actually reported, seems to have become core to his being. Stapling himself to cries of “freedom of the press” (which, as David Allen Green pointed out in his evidence to the […]