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  • "It is important to reflect on what regulation will do and who it will affect. If regulation shackles media from investigating corruption, child abuse etc., this would hit not only the printed national media - the red tops for the most part. It would also hit other national media, like the Sunday Times, who have a long history of quality investigation, as do other broadsheets. But, regulation would stop your Worcester newspaper from investigating local corruption and other crime related issues. The BBC, notwithstanding their other problems, would be controlled in investigative journalism, as would ITV.
    The issue, for me, is one of media breaking the criminal law. It may be the law needs tightening rather than specific media control. So, if editors go outside the law, they should be subject to the full weight of the criminal justice system. It is, I feel, too easy to be caught up in the emotional aspects of the media failures; self regulation has not been a great success, but neither have the bodies put in place to monitor the media. So, I say again, the law would be where I would start.
    Cameron needs to see the much wider picture here; this is not just about the tabloids. It is about the WN, B'ham Mail, E&S, regional daily papers of note and quality not digging into an issue to expose that issue.
    I await his comments."
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Leveson - say NO to state regulation of the Press

Leveson - say NO to state regulation of the Press

Leveson - say NO to state regulation of the Press

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The recommendations of the long-awaited Leveson inquiry will be made public today. Do you care?

Should you care?

We think so. Because the recommendations have potentially profound implications for a free Press and free speech in this country – and therefore, your right to know.

At the heart of the issue is whether, as some people suggest, there needs to be state regulation of the Press.

We at the Worcester News think such regulation is wrong, both in principle and in practice.

We believe there is a more practical alternative. In our downloadable .pdf files below we report what some of our colleagues have said as they challenge the party leaders on where they stand on this issue.

We ask you to consider the arguments and, if we can convince you, we ask you to support us in our fight against statutory legislation.

To ensure we can carry on doing the job that the local Press in this country has been doing for decade after decade – fighting for local communities, acting as a watchdog on behalf of local communities, fighting for your right to know.

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