Leveson Latest - the Contrary View

  fourm member 18:15 PM 18 Mar 13
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So, there's a political deal on implementing Leveson and everybody is saying Miliband is the hero.

But, is that so?

Cameron stood out for press freedom and Miliband has pressed for legal control (apparently under pressure from Hacked Off).

Come 2015, who will the press give the easier ride to?

Miliband's stand is brave but is it also foolish to upset the British press?

  Forum Editor 19:17 PM 18 Mar 13

"...is it also foolish to upset the British press?"

I believe in a free press. It's a mistake, in my opinion to use the law to control publishers in this way, and whatever David Cameron says, this is doing just that.

It's the not-so-thin end of a very big wedge, and I think we've taken a backward step with what's been done. Come election time there may be a price to pay.

  Aitchbee 19:51 PM 18 Mar 13

On a world-wide scale ... this will make no differnce to how other countries' governments control [either stifle or do not stifle] their press newspapers ... it's only a winter's tale.

  Bing.alau 20:26 PM 18 Mar 13

I don't think it will make a ha'porth worth of difference.

  sidecar sid 20:49 PM 18 Mar 13

"Come election time there may be a price to pay." I agree but where do you draw the line? A free press in my opinion is necessary but carries a great responsibility. Many truths have been exposed as a result of such freedom.

However is there any way we can justify the way the popular press have Behaved to make a profit at the expense of people in the public eye using the old chestnut "In the public interest".

How do we continue to allow freedom of press for responsible journalism while preventing the illegal activity that bought about this situation?

  spider9 22:35 PM 18 Mar 13

sidecar sid

"while preventing the illegal activity that bought about this situation?"

Therein lies the answer; there has always been legal redress for 'victims', but problems arise because to use the legal avenue is often too expensive for an 'ordinary' person. So only 'celebrities' generally had protection from it.

I think the PM played his hand very well (or should I say the advice from Letwin was good) and possibly will benefit as more of a friend to the Press than Miliband or Clegg at the next election.

  Joseph Kerr 01:26 AM 19 Mar 13

Gotta love those pragmatic Labour researchers.

  wiz-king 06:40 AM 19 Mar 13

A toothless press commission for those who decide not to join in. If one of the big papers decide not to play then what?

Back to square one.

  fourm member 08:49 AM 19 Mar 13

It seems to me that two separate situations are being mashed together, possibly because that suits the press.

You can't have a free press. If you do, you have no way of knowing whether anything appearing in print is true.

What you want is a responsible free press but that's where the trouble really starts. Who decides what is responsible? That's one part of the equation.

The second part is that, to date, we've allowed the press to decide what is responsible for itself and it has failed totally.

You can't go on allowing the press to say 'We'll do better tomorrow'.

We've had threads on here about proper use of the apostrophe. That has never been more important than on press regulation because it is essential to understand the difference between the public interest and the public's interest.

How do you prevent the excesses arising from the latter without damaging the former?

And, in the context of this thread, how do you do that when the main judges of whether you've got it right or wrong are the very people who have shown no sign of understanding the difference?

  oresome 09:10 AM 19 Mar 13

It seems to me that we have double standards.

We buy and read the newspapers with the latest revelations but when the method of obtaining that news is laid bare we feign shock.

  HondaMan 10:02 AM 19 Mar 13

Without taking sides in this matter, this is typical of a knee-jerk reaction to what became a very prominent news item. Were it not for the names of many involved this would probably have been a small news item on page 7.

Just look at the number of turn-arounds this government has made. It seeks to bring in legislation to deal with a specific matter then realises, probably after consultation with others who know better (civil servants), that it cannot or will not work so they backtrack.

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