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press complaints commission

The Independent reported yesterday that the UK Press Complaints Commission, which has come under heavy criticism for its failure to curb phone hacking at the News of the World, is due to close down in the near future, and replace itself with a new regulator.

The paper writes that the PCC will close “in a fast-tracked programme that will kill off the name of the PCC, abandon its current structures and governance, and establish a new regulatory body”. It states that the new regulator will be established before the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics delivers its report at the end of the year.

The Independent writes that the PCC’s closure was discussed at a full meeting of the commission, headed by its chairman Lord Hunt.

The paper reports that a timetable for the commission’s closure, as well as suggestions of names for a body that will replace it, will be released when the minutes of the PPC meeting are published.

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Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-03-08 13:45

What's the best way to ensure press standards while protecting press freedom?

This old chestnut has been preoccupying the media industry for some time and the question has come into particular focus as the Leveson Inquiry continues to examine press standards in Britain in the wake of the News of the World phone hacking scandal.

Speaking at the Leveson Inquiry yesterday, editor of the Daily Mail Paul Dacre advocated a new system of ensuring press standards by accrediting journalists.

Under the proposed system, news organisations and freelance agencies would have to voluntarily sign up to receive accreditation. Journalists convicted of serious misconduct would be struck off the list, much like doctors being struck off the Medical Register.

Described in the Daily Mail as "a badge of good journalism", an accredited press card would entitle journalists to attend, for example, government briefings, official press conferences and celebrity, sports and royal events.

Dacre stated: "The public at large would know the journalists carrying such cards are bona fide operators, committed to a set of standards and a body to whom complaints can be made."

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Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-02-07 15:17

How can a country make sure that its press behaves responsibly? Government regulation compromises freedom of speech. Self-regulation can't always be trusted, as revelations about the unethical and illegal practices from parts of the British press, which continue to be discussed by the Leveson inquiry, prove.

Now the UK culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt and the Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke are advocating a third way: a powerful independent regulatory body.

Speaking at a parliamentary Joint Committee on Privacy and Injunctions, part of an inquiry that was launched to deal with controversy over super-injunctions, Hunt stated: "I think that it is clear that nobody wants statutory regulation of the press" and said that such regulation would be "completely the wrong direction to go".

Clarke was equally vocal in his opposition to direct government regulation of news organizations, maintaining: "no one has so far made a clear case for a new law."

But Hunt also was suspicious self-regulation from the press, noting "self-regulation is very often characterised as something which is very similar to the current system and clearly some very significant failings have emerged on that."

The third way that Hunt suggests is "industry-led independent regulation". He stated that the news industry should "come up with a structure that will have [widespread] confidence and has proper sanction-making powers." In other words, an enhanced and independent PCC.

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Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-01-17 17:14

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