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I think this is key - the newspapers are trying to make it all about government regulation - but the most pressing issues from my point of view are:

1) Concentration of ownership - in the ideal world, no person/company would own more than one national newspaper. And certainly no-one should ever be allowed to own more than one of TV station/national newspaper.

Odds of anything being done about this - less than zero.

2) Ability for ordinary people to get redress when their lives are turned upside down by the tabloids. This could be done by establishing a statutory ombudsman with real teeth - or by creating a new set of laws that recognise that if your income is below a certain level you can't afford a normal libel trial. I think a special libel law for people at median income or below could make a real difference to the press. Obviously there are devils in the detail though.

Odds of anything being done about this - less than zero.

3) All communications between government ministers and members of the press (or press companies) to be published at the end of every month. We have to get more transparency into the corrupt networks.

Odds of anything being done about this - less than zero.

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sun Nov 25th, 2012 at 07:37:10 AM EST
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Which is exactly why the Daily Fail and the Telecrap are focusing on this battlefield; they're desperate to divert attention from the points you've raised, where their ox would not just be gored, it would be turned to chutney.
by rifek on Sun Nov 25th, 2012 at 10:19:34 PM EST
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