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Contemporary media regulation 4 topic prompts press

  1. 1. Contemporary Media Regulation<br />The 4 topic prompts<br />
  2. 2. What is the nature of contemporary media regulation compared to previous practice? (PRESS)<br /><ul><li>Problems with public confidence in the PCC in past
  3. 3. Constant breaks with the spirit of the code
  4. 4. Public increasingly unhappy with press intrusion through 1980s
  5. 5. Rise of the celebrity – popular press becomes more focused on scandal and celebrity exposes
  6. 6. Gordon Kay – hospital invasion
  7. 7. Death of Princess Diana – paparazzi implicated
  8. 8. Max Moseley – NOTW
  9. 9. McCann Case – led to select committee review
  10. 10. Code tightened up as a result
  11. 11. Meaning of privacy has changed as society and culture have changed
  12. 12. Public expectations have changed – society expects PCC and courts to deal severely with the press when code or law broken
  13. 13. Regulatory practices have had to adapt in the light of the internet
  14. 14. Problems with the relevance of traditional regulation through PCC in the light of citizen journalism, web 2.0 and changing nature of the audience</li></li></ul><li>How effective are regulatory practices? (PRESS)<br /><ul><li>PCC often accused of not having teeth, not being strong enough. McCann Case – PCC heavily criticised and led to select committee review
  15. 15. PCC currently having to defend its approach.
  16. 16. Not legal
  17. 17. Doesn’t judge taste and decency (although can take into account)
  18. 18. Not effective against rise of citizen journalism, blogging, forums, twitter as nature of the web is that it is viral and very transient (constantly shifting, evolving)
  19. 19. Technology is way ahead of the regulation practices in place
  20. 20. The print media may not exist in 10 years; so the PCC needs to adapt to survive</li></li></ul><li>What are the arguments for and against specific forms of CMR? (PRESS)<br /> FOR<br />PCC responds to complaints so post-publication<br />So not pro-active, can’t react unless a complaint – not a ‘censor’ as such, so supports a ‘free press’<br />Responsible for adjudicating between complainant and the press – easy, free system that anyone can use<br />All complaints investigated, however small<br />Apologies required, also financial settlements can be agreed<br />The press, editors, journalists consider PCC vital in maintaining democracy, don’t want a different system<br />With freedom comes responsibility – need to be seen to be moral, truthful, accurate, tasteful<br />The press know they can alienate audiences if they do not follow the above –it is in their interests to follow the code<br />The system allows for proper, rigorous investigative journalism – essential to keep politicians and businesses free from corruption<br />
  21. 21. Against<br />Problem with apologies – damage is already done, apologies pointless if buried on P7<br />Law courts also deal with cases, tend to be high profile<br />Court cases – expensive and can make the situation much worse<br />ECHR and The Human Rights Act clear but it’s a question of interpretation and judges don’t always get it right<br />Balancing act between press intrusion and freedom of speech – a constant tension between the two<br />PCC often accused of not having teeth, not being strong enough. McCann Case – PCC heavily criticised and led to select committee review<br />PCC having to defend its approach.<br />Not legal<br />Doesn’t judge taste and decency although can take into account<br />Not always clear who is being protected – large press corporations, celebrities, ordinary people<br />
  22. 22. What are the wider social issues relating to media regulation? (PRESS)<br /><ul><li>The need to protect a free press
  23. 23. Better definition of ‘the public right to know’
  24. 24. Globalisation and comparison of our own system to others
  25. 25. The nature of the law, especially outdated laws relating to defamation
  26. 26. Democracy, freedom of speech and what it means
  27. 27. Privacy and its changing nature
  28. 28. The autonomy of the PCC
  29. 29. What will happen in the light of the select review committee recommendations
  30. 30. How the PCC needs to adapt to the internet and citizen journalism
  31. 31. The rights and responsibilities of websites to self regulate more rigorously egFacebookand Youtube being held more accountable and more responsible for their millions of young users</li>