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We must have statutory regulation - and liberation - of the press | Head of Legal

If you're interested in legally minded reports about how the press should be regulated, then there's something you should read before tomorrow. Sir David Calcutt QC's 1993 Review of Press Self-Regulation is worth another look, nearly twenty years on.

In 1990, Sir David chaired a committee on privacy and related matters, which recommended a toughening of the press's self-regulatory regime, and the creation of a "Press Complaints Commission". It also said that, if the press failed to demonstrate that non-statutory self-regulation could be made to work effectively, a statutory tribunal should be established. The press, in other words, should be given one last chance to regulate itself properly - a recommendation that led the then Heritage Secretary David Mellor to say, famously, that the press was

drinking in the last chance saloon.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Nov 30th, 2012 at 09:56:25 AM EST

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