The press should hug the Leveson report in a grim embrace of welcome

The press should hug the Leveson report in a grim embrace of welcome

The irreducible core of the Leveson report will be the informal guiding principle: ‘The press cannot be allowed to mark its own homework’

By Charles Moore8:27PM GMT 23 Nov 2012
My industry must stop behaving like trade union leaders and show a willingness to change

The Leveson report on the press will be published on Thursday. The press should welcome it. Note that I just said welcome it: I did not say agree with it.

In the nearly 20 years in which I edited various papers, including this one, I became ever more strongly convinced of two things. The first was that statutory regulation of the press was a bad idea. The second was that the self-regulation of the press was little better than a farce. Being an editor, I naturally put more weight on the first point than the second. But I was always anxious about the volatility of this situation. In the days after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997 – the last really big bust-up about the press – I made strenuous but mostly unsuccessful attempts to get colleagues across Fleet Street to see this.

About truelabour

Investigative Journalist/Researcher for major media. Exposing the truth and police corruption with in UK police service.Certain forces say their motto is Honesty & Integrity One must ask is it lip service or genuinely meant. CO-OP Labour Party member questioning is the party standing for working class of Britain. Trade Union Activist & promoting diversity,community cohesion within multicultural Britain. Anti fascist speaks out against all foams of discrimination.
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