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As Leveson reports… Why I’m sticking up for ‘Press freedom with no buts’

Lord Justice Leveson’s inquiry into the phone-hacking scandal will report this week. His recommendations on the future of press regulation are the subject of intense speculation, with essentially three positions being staked-out:

What’s being proposed

‘Independent regulation backed up by statute’
Advocates, who include Evan Harris and the Hacked Off campaign group, argue that the only way to ensure the press does not abuse its position in the future is for it to be regulated. But, they insist, this should be independent both of government and the press, the two main …

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  • User AvatarDerek Campbell 29th Jun - 8:46pm
    Interesting, and I agree that if the diagnosis is wrong it will be difficult to apply the right prescription. However, some interesting polling information https://twitter.com/LordAshcroft/status/746284427165184000?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw...
  • User Avatartonyhill 29th Jun - 8:25pm
    I have always understood that free movement between this country and the Irish Republic was agreed as part of the independence deal in 1926 (?)...
  • User AvatarDerek Campbell 29th Jun - 8:03pm
    @ Peter Watson As it happens the BBC pondered this very issue recently http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36527069
  • User AvatarSpencer Hagard 29th Jun - 8:00pm
    Duncan - Thank you. Yes, of course, unless there is persistent polling evidence that UKIP is heading for 50% of the UK seats for, say...
  • User AvatarJohn Underwood 29th Jun - 7:49pm
    Thank you Betty. I have been longing for more people to point out the advisory nature of a referendum. Unless the referendum enabling act says...
  • User AvatarJen 29th Jun - 7:48pm
    Clegg [...] expressing scorn at those who worked hard to win support in deprived areas as just gaining “protest votes”, or as the leading Cleggie...