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As Private Eye's Hislop sensibly says here, what is needed is the application of existing law.

To make that work, the CPS needs a) human resources to rapidly assess potential legal infringements, b) an independent body to report those suspected infringements to the CPS, c) journalist whistleblowers must be protected.

The independent body of observers should include a wide range of skills, including editorial. The views of the public also have to be tracked. The independent body process should be as transparent as possible, but clearly there has to be security for whistleblowers.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Nov 30th, 2012 at 02:38:22 PM EST
I think Ian is playing a little fast and loose with reality.

the libel law is out of reach for most people and one of the biggest problems is that tabloid newspapers are just as, if not more, fond of traducing little people than they are the rich and powerful. Largely I suspect, because little people can't afford to get redress via the courts.

He cites the example of Christopher Jeffries, saying the attorney General could have stopped what happened. No, he couldn't, because Jeffries reputation was torn apart for public sport before he'd even been arrested.

He's right about the non-existent enforcement of laws, but nobody knew about phone hacking for a dozen years. During that time the newspapers were involved in a lot of nasty business where the PCC were wholly on the side of the papers in an unholy alliance against the victims of their behaviour.  

Ian may not like the Aunt sally solution he and the rest of the press complain about, but none of them are willing to take on board that the PCC solution is a busted flush. We can't return to that situation of self-regulation, they have demonstrated time and again ad nauseam that they cannot be trusted to regulate their own affairs.

so government must. Nobody likes it, but the papers hve only themelves to blame

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Dec 1st, 2012 at 01:39:04 PM EST
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From the Calcutt report 20 years ago after the last avoided attempt to regulate the press

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

The press having tried to regulate its Mellor problem itself, Sir David reported to Mellor's successor, Peter Brooke, that (summary, para. 5)

The Press Complaints Commission is not, in my view, an effective regulator of the press ... It is not the truly independent body which it should be. As constituted, it is, in essence, a body set up by the industry, financed by the industry, dominated by the industry, and operating to a code of practice devised by the industry and which is over-favourable to the industry.

and that, in the two years since the first report (summary paras. 8-9),

Nothing that I have learned about the press has led me to conclude that the press would now be willing to make, or that it would in fact make, the changes which would be needed.

Accordingly, I recommend ... that the Government should now introduce a statutory regime.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Dec 1st, 2012 at 05:32:26 PM EST
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