Monday, April 7, 2014
Jacob H. Rowbottom, University of Oxford Faculty of Law, is publishing Politicians, the Press and Lobbying in the Journal of Media Law (2013). Here is the abstract.
The Leveson Report highlighted the extent to which newspapers have lobbied government in relation to media policy, and put forward proposals to make government/media relations more transparent. This article considers whether media lobbying poses any specific concerns in a democracy. In addressing this question, it draws a comparison with political finance and also asks whether lobbying relationships can undermine the watchdog function of the press. The article goes on to consider whether the transparency rules are an effective measure in tackling these concerns, or whether other types of control may be necessary.
Download the article from SSRN at the link.