Media Law after Leveson: Press Partisanship

Paul Wragg, Lecturer in Law at the University of Leeds, discusses the inherent value placed on press partisanship in the Leveson Report into the culture, practices and ethics of the press, with a case study of the Daily Mail’s coverage of trans teacher Lucy Meadows, at the Media Law after Leveson workshop at the Oxford Law Faculty.


Wragg expresses his scepticism that the Leveson reforms would prevent this kind of reporting in future or any broad cultural changes in the ethics of the press, partly as a result of Leveson’s “missed opportunity” to unpack the issue of press partisanship which he sees as unjustly ‘sanctified’.