Politicians, the Press and Lobbying

23 Pages Posted: 21 Mar 2014

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Jacob H. Rowbottom

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law

Date Written: September 20, 2013


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.

Keywords: lobbying, press, media, transparency, leveson

Suggested Citation

Rowbottom, Jacob H., Politicians, the Press and Lobbying (September 20, 2013). Journal of Media Law (2013); Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 20/2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2412018

Jacob H. Rowbottom (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law ( email )

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