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It is a curious phenomenon, that those who purport to love the Royals wilfully inflict so much misery upon them

Matthew Norman: Press freedom is too crucial to be left to politicians

A day before Lord Justice Leveson passes sentence, Dr Johnson's witticism about the Ritalin-esque qualities of imminent execution seems hopelessly inaccurate. Far from being concentrated wonderfully by the prospect of the noose, my mind finds itself semi-paralysed by a nebulous sense of dread. There, it is hardly alone. The whole industry lives in sickly terror today that his lordship will don the black cap tomorrow, by way of recommending a form of statutory control over the press, and the lure of pre-emptive hysteria is hard to resist.

Newspapers accused of keeping readers in dark on press regulation

Media owners accused of using selective statistics to fight reform said to fight press reform with selective statistics

Leveson wades into The Thick Of It as inquiry suffers sense of humour failure

As a satire of British public life, The Thick of It, is widely admired. But when it was revealed that the comedy would pillory public inquiries, it seems the Leveson Inquiry into press standards suffered a sense of humour failure.

Prince Harry has returned to Afghanistan

Nude Prince Harry photos: St James's Palace decides against making formal complaint

Prince Harry's aides have announced they will not be making a formal complaint to the newspaper watchdog about the Sun's publication of nude photos of him.

The positive power of the press must be recognised

As a wholesale demolition of our trade, Lord Leveson's letter takes some beating

Murdoch: saw initial failure to run the photos as 'humiliating'

Angry Murdoch used Harry photos to defy Leveson

The owner of 'The Sun' intervened personally to run the pictures of the naked prince

Lord Justice Leveson has 'no truck' with censorship

A judge overseeing an inquiry into press standards today said he would have “no truck” with censorship.

The editor-in-chief of the Daily Mail, Paul Dacre, yesterday gave Lord Justice Leveson his ideas on press regulation

Newspaper industry sets out radical reform of ethics rules

Press could face fines of up to £1m under proposals seen as preferable to any state regulation

Maureen Beattie, Billy Boyd and John Bett in <i>Enquirer</i>, Matthew Tennyson

Enquirer, The Hub at Pacific Quay, Glasgow
Richard III, Shakespeare's Globe, London
Making Noises Quietly, Donmar, London

With the newspaper industry in crisis, it's a shame journalists can't make a decent drama out of it

Julian Assange would not reveal where today's emails had come from

Leveson Inquiry: Julian Assange likens coverage of him to that of the McCanns

Julian Assange has claimed he has suffered from inaccurate and negative media coverage "possibly on a scale not seen since the abuse of the McCanns".

Liberty's Exiles, By Maya Jasanoff

The British are going! Then, so are we ...

The Leveson Inquiry who's who: First phase

We run through some of the most important faces to take to the witness stand over the past four months

Paul Staines, aka Guido Fawkes at the Leveson Inquiry yesterday

Sunday Mirror editor 'told staff phone hacking was OK'

The founder of the political blog Guido Fawkes yesterday alleged that the Sunday Mirror editor, Tina Weaver, had personally authorised her staff to obtain information by hacking and blagging.

Leveson Inquiry: PCC 'scapegoat' in hacking scandal'

The press watchdog felt it had been made a "scapegoat" over its handling of the phone-hacking scandal, the Leveson Inquiry heard today.

Mail editor knew of detective work

The editor of the Daily Mail was aware the newspaper was using search agencies, but not the extent to which they were doing so, he told the inquiry into press standards today.

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