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I will be exploring how effective the regulation of newspapers is in Britain, specifically of The Sun, The Guardian and The News.

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How effectively are your chosen texts regulated? By Tessa In this question, I will be exploring how effective the regulation of newspapers is in Britain, specifically of ??The Sun??, ??The Guardian?? and ??The News??. Britain has free press, meaning that newspapers are not regulated by the government nor is there firm legislation on publishers or editors. As the British press is self-regulated, editors and journalists can choose whether to abide by rules or not, as there are no laws on what ideology papers can practice or promote. However, it is important to note that despite the lack of firmly grounded laws in the field of journalism, there are some ethical codes that papers are expected to follow; as they do not want to upset their target audience. In order to ensure that newspapers and journalism are kept to the highest of standards, a non-statutory body was created back in 1991, called ??The Press Complaints Commission? ?. ...read more.


Perhaps one of the most well-known press scandals in Britain is the News of the World phone hacking scandal which saw the ending of ??The News of the World??, a subsidiary of ??News Corporation?? under the possession of Rupert Murdoch. Due to how the paper used private investigators to intercept email accounts and phone conversations of thousands of people including celebrities and politicians, they broke the ??Clandestine Devices and Subterfuge?? clause of the Code of Practice. Notable cases in the Sun include breaking the ??Discrimination?? clause in 2012 with their front paper, starring Jessie J and Simon Cowell, portraying homosexuality as negative. This shows that in the case of the Sun, which has conventions of ??Red Tops?? and is a sensationalist paper focusing on celebrity gossip, the P.C.C is ineffective in regulating the press. ??The Sun?? writes stories for the public and not in the public interest, which is fundamental to the Leveson Inquiry and should be promptly regulated and punished for promoting illegal actions and ethics as unimportant. ...read more.


Overall, I believe that the P.C.C is ineffective in properly regulating the newspapers in Britain as there are loads of escape routes such as adding ??allegedly?? to an article to make it seem as it is not promoting what it says as facts. Moreover, as evident by the Sun it is not taken seriously and has no legal advantage over newspapers which makes it insufficient in carrying out what it preaches. With new regulation laws being created now, it is very likely that such freedom of speech will be depleted in the near future, however it is important for the press to maintain a certain freedom for the sake of Democracy. One of the things argued is that the P.C.C should and will be succeeded by an independent regulator, most likely controlled by politicians a.k.a the Government which would go against the very notion that the press can hold politicians to account. ...read more.

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