Contents and acknowledgements
Part Ten of the spiked-report 'Restraint or revelation? Free speech and privacy in a confessional age'.
Public debate and private discussion were essential in developing the ideas in this report. Thanks to those who gave interviews on their views about free speech and privacy. Their comments are reproduced on spiked, in full.
Ray Bellisario – photo-journalist and video documentarist
Andrew Billen – staff writer, The Times
Lauren Booth – columnist, New Statesman
Dorothy Byrne – commissioning editor, News, Current Affairs and Business, Channel 4
Phil Craig – independent TV producer and co-author, ‘Diana: Story of a Princess’
Mike Jempson – director, PressWise Trust
Clive Jones – chief executive, Carlton Channels
Jane Kerr – royal reporter, The Mirror
Anna McKane – lecturer, Department of Journalism, City University
David Northmore – investigative journalist and author, ‘Lifting the Lid’
Karen O’Connor – editor, correspondent, BBC
Julian Petley – Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom
Professor Robert Pinker – acting chairman, the Press Complaints Commission
Alex Renton – former chief writer and foreign reporter, The Evening Standard
Bob Satchwell – executive director, Society of Editors
Clive Soley – Labour MP
Michael Tugendhat QC – Five Raymond Buildings
Neil Wallis – editor, The People
Toby Young – theatre critic, The Spectator and author
Further thanks are due to:
Guy Black – director, Press Complaints Commission
Max Clifford – PR consultant
Duncan Lamont – media partner, Charles Russell solicitors
Keir Starmer QC – barrister, Doughty Street Chambers
Richard Stott – columnist, Sunday Mirror and author
Hugh Tomlinson QC – barrister, Matrix Chambers
Members of the LIRE media group, the Society of Editors, the Media Society and the LSE media group gave their free time to co-organise two debates in central London with additional financial support from the law firms Lovells and Fineman Stephens & Innocent. The Sugar Reef nightclub (London), the London School of Economics, and Hill and Knowlton kindly offered their venues. These debates would not have taken place without the support of John Mair from the Media Society.
Thanks to all those who helped with the editing of this report, offered opinions or published articles as part of my research: Article 19, Andrew Calcutt, Aidan Campbell, Tara Conlon, Chris Evans, Heather Ferguson, Geoffrey Goodman, James Heartfield, Jon Holbrook, Cosmo Landesman, Kaisa Larkas, Janine Gibson, Richard Keeble, Ian Reeves, Danny Schechter and Rosie Waterhouse. A special thanks to William Mayes who read through all the working drafts of this report and offered ideas, and Catherine Teare, researcher for the Freedom and Privacy project at the LIRE media group, who conducted interviews with media executives, journalists, media lawyers, photographers and media campaigners. Finally, thanks to all those at spiked.
Part One: Restraint or Revelation? Free speech and privacy in a confessional age
Part Two: Privacy vs free speech: two competing rights?
Part Three: A qualified right to free speech
Part Four: Free speech and trivia
Part Five: Free speech and the ‘right to know’
Part Six: Free speech and the public interest
Part Seven: The confusion over privacy
Part Eight: Privacy loses its meaning
Part Nine: Privacy, free speech and the media: some conclusions
Part Ten: Contents and acknowledgements
8. See a summary of court case judgements
10. British media websites, British Media Online
12. PressWise Trust
Background to the report
Over the past year, LIRE media group researchers have analysed the media coverage of the discussion on free speech and privacy. Catherine Teare, Researcher for the LIRE media group conducted all the interviews and organised a questionnaire for this report.
Two debates on these issues were co-organised by the LIRE media group, the Society of Editors, The Media Society and the LSE media group. ‘Private Lives Public People’ was held at the London School of Economics (LSE) on 7 March 2001 and was chaired by Tessa Mayes. The speakers were Neil Wallis (editor, the People), Dorothy Byrne (commissioning editor, news, current affairs and business, Channel 4), Professor Robert Pinker (acting chairman, Press Complaints Commission), Mike Jempson (director, The PressWise Trust) and Michael Tugendhat QC (barrister, Five Raymond Buildings).
The issues of celebrity and privacy were discussed at the debate entitled ‘Leave Me Alone (I’m famous)’ held at the Sugar Reef nightclub, London on 30 October 2001. This was sponsored by law firms Lovells and Finers Stephens Innocent. The speakers were Keir Starmer QC (barrister, Doughty Street chambers), Duncan Lamont (media partner, Charles Russell solicitors), Lauren Booth (columnist, New Statesman), Max Clifford (PR consultant), Bob Satchwell (director, Society of Editors) and Toby Young (theatre critic, The Spectator and author of ‘How to Lose Friends and Alienate People’).
This report was launched on 22 October 2002 at a debate on ‘Privacy: free speech and human rights legislation’, at Hill and Knowlton, London. Guy Black (director, Press Complaints Commission), Hugh Tomlinson QC (barrister, Matrix Chambers) and Richard Stott (Sunday Mirror columnist and author of Dogs and Lamposts) debated the issue with Tessa Mayes.
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