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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
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