Aims and Objectives Intro to the current PCC Overview of the PCC Read History Discussion of The PCC and the reasons forthe Levenson Inquiry Use Case Studies... Is Self Regulation Working?
Discussion Why is Regulation and Control of the MediaImportant? http://www.pcc.org.uk
What is the PCC Press Complaints Commission is anindependent body that administers a system aself regulation for the press
Self regulating vs. Stateregulation Self-regulation means that the industry orprofession rather than the government is doingthe regulation. In contrast: State or statutory regulationsmeans an act of law or a government bodyregulates the industryArguments The British press operates an important positionas the fourth estate. The press is there to challenge parliament and actin the public interest.
Research TaskUse the PCC to Discover the Meaning of theseTerms What is libel?A published false statement that is damaging to a persons reputation What is contempt of court?disrespect for the rules of a court of law What is a super injunction? (Human Rights Act1998) prevent publication of the thing that is in issue and also prevents thereporting of the fact that the injunction exists at all
QuestionWhat Do These Cases Inform Us Of? High profile cases - Imogen Thomas - Injunctions / Twitter. A twitter account was made that named people who had just taken out a super injunction and one of the peoplenamed was Imogen Thomas, the account claimed that she has had a seven month affair with married footballplayer Ryan Giggs. This shows that the idea of a super injunction has failed as the whole point of they is to stoppeople from finding out things like this but yet a twitter account somehow knows information like this. Christopher Jefferies – Libel Both the sun and mirror wrote a article about Christopher Jefferies on being arrested on suspicion of murderingJoanna Yeates but we was innocent of any involvement this made the newspapers libel to Christopher Jefferies asit was a false article that could have damaged his image. This shows that while newspaper can write aboutanything that they feel fit they should be careful as people are being made out to be something that they are not. The Sun & The Mirror - Contempt of court The daily mirror was fined £50,000 while the sun was fined £18,000 for contempt of count for a articles publishedabout a suspect arrested on suspicion of murdering Joanna Yeates. Three senior judges ruled that thenewspapers where in contempt of count in writing about a suspect that was innocent of any involvement. Thisshows that newspaper writers walk on a thin line when it comes to do with issues in count and can not just writeanything that they feel or they will get punished. But looking at the fines that they give they for multimillioncompanies this is nothing so they will just keep on doing it.Look these up if you do not know!
Remember In the UK there are different regulatory bodiessome which are regulated by the state i.e.OFCOM which is regulated by a governmentbody and then you have PCC and BBFCwhich are self regulating. Both the BBFC and OFCOM have a statutoryduty to regulate, but one is regulated by thegovernment the other industry professionals.
Plenary Question 1.: What is the difference between self regulation andregulation? Self regulation is where the companies themselves regulate over there own rules where are regulation is wherethe government in focus the rules Questions 2: What are the arguments for and against regulation For: it stops people from getting ideas e.g. young people learn how to kill. ( young people shouldn’t seesomethings) Against: it takes away our freedoms we and our parents should be the ones to pick if we can or can’t watchsomething. Question 3: How can we have some media which are self regulatedand others which are regulated by the state? The only way that this could work this if they both work together but this could be hard as both groups will havedifferent ideas and both would want the other one to follow them. Or we can have what will most likely happen iswhere both sides just do what they feel like and everything will just be confusing as how can you have somethingthat works for the same thing but does it in different ways. Question 4: In an era of the world wide web with global access, andWeb 2.0 is regulation possible at all? I don’t think that this could be possible as how can you regulate something that is so big and has so many users. Some places in theworld do this like china but they do it over the top where you can’t really search anything and in a place like England where peopleexpect to be able to search for anything they want would they accept this new type of regulation. So I don’t really think that it wouldbe possible to regulate the web in a way that everyone likes.