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In the light of the Leveson Inquiry is regulation of the (British) Press working? Should there be some form of statutory regulation of the press

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In the light of the Leveson Inquiry is regulation of the (British) Press working? Should there be some form of statutory regulation of the press Print media in the UK do not have certain statutory controls on their content and activities, other than the general criminal and civil law. Instead of this the press have been given the privilege in a way to regulate itself, through the PCC which is the Press Complaints Commission, which is a non-statutory body that is there to maintain the editorial code. But this body is seen to be futile as they do not have the power to impose penalties on those that breach the code. This code is measured upon these clauses, accuracy, the opportunity for reply, respect for privacy, harassment, intrusion into shock or grief, the interests of children, the protection of children in sex cases, entry into hospitals, the reporting of ...read more.

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The PCC replied to the prime minister in a statement that said: "The work of the PCC, and of a press allowed to have freedom of expression, has been grossly undervalued today." Unlike the print media, broadcast journalism is heavily regulated by the governmental body, Ofcom, who impose strict rules on broadcasts and fines those who flout the rules. Could the same system and regulations be applied to the press? No. It wouldn't work for newspapers without turning them all into a series of clones, each with the same monotonic headlines and text. Ofcom requires broadcasters to produce news with "due impartiality and due accuracy and undue prominence of views and opinions." This means no editorial stances on issues and no opinions. Newspapers sell because of their own political stances. ...read more.

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The PCC upheld the complaint on two grounds. First, they held that the allegations were unfounded and that the newspaper had adduced no evidence to prove them. Second, the PCC held that there was no need to specifically identify the daughter although it is rather difficult to imagine how the story might otherwise have been framed. Although the PCC seems to be a futile body, statutory regulation of the British press would be seen as more a dictatorship government, with this the traditional values and notions of Britain will simply be devalued. Liberalism, freedom of speech, a democratic government vetoed. If there is statutory regulation of the press, the human rights bill would have to be amended since; it will hinder people's expression of writing. Many people will see this as hypocritical and a step backwards since the government have been pushing for Burma to reform their media structure but in a way they are willing to imitate it. ...read more.

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