Category Archives: Press

Trust in journalism sinks to an all-time low

On 16 February 2013 in my blog ‘Journalists trusted as little as bankers’ I reported the results of a Ipso/MORI poll which reported that journalists and bankers were trusted by just 21% of the people. The bottom group at 18% was taken by politicians. You would have thought that post the Leveson Inquiry, public perception of journalism might have improved. In fact its got worse.

A new YouGov poll for IMPRESS, the recently approved Leveson compliant press regulator, has revealed that public trust in the press is at an all-time low. Only 11% of people in the UK trust journalists at mid-market newspapers such as the Daily Mail and the Daily Express to tell the truth whilst fewer than one in ten trust journalists at tabloids such as The Sun and the Mirror. Journalists at broadsheets and local newspapers fare a little better, with just 36% of the public trusting them to tell the truth.

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After all this time – it’s IMPRESS

The Press Recognition Panel (PRP), established by Parliament following the Leveson report published in November 2012, has approved IMPRESS’s application for recognition under the Royal Charter. Meeting on Tuesday in west London |(opposite the BBC) the Panel considered line by line whether the press regulator met the criteria set out in the Charter. After nearly five hours of consideration, witnessed by dozens of members of the public (including myself for the morning session) and transmitted live on the Internet, the panel decided that it did.

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New hacking claims against the Sun

Just in case you thought it was all over, Rebekah Brooks is facing a legal tussle over over new allegations that phone hacking was “endemic” when she was editor of The Sun, according to an article in The Independent (14 January).  The Independent’s James Cusick, reports that lawyers for News Group Newspapers told a High Court hearing on 13 January that a “new flank” of hacking claims had been opened against the newspaper.

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