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3 press regulation leveson

  1. 1. Press regulation
  2. 2. Leveson inquiry • A public, judge-led inquiry set up by Prime Minister David Cameron to examine the It was a public, judge-led inquiry set up by Prime Minister David Cameron to examine the culture, practice and ethics of the press. It was established in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal at the now-defunct News of the World tabloid. Lord Justice Leveson has made recommendations on the future of press regulation. What did it look at? • • It looked at the relationship between the press and the public, including phone-hacking and other potentially illegal behaviour, and at the relationships between the press and the police and the press and politicians. culture, practice and ethics of the press. The phone-hacking scandal at the now-defunct News of the World was the catalyst.
  3. 3. Leveson inquiry summary New self-regulation body recommended Independent of serving editors, government and business No widespread corruption of police by the press found Politicians and press have been too close Press behaviour, at times, has been 'outrageous'
  4. 4. For press regulation Hacked off, pressure group led by Hugh grant. David Cameron (to a degree - wants tougher self regulation .) Wouldn't have a football match without a referee. Law backed independent regulator would "secure a free press without abuses that have happened so far" prof Brian Cathcart. The general public - 82% believe self regulation not working. (YouGOv survey 3620 adults)
  5. 5. Against excessive press regulation The British press Bob Satchwell (society of editors) "most appalling behaviour already covered by law. Hacking and phone tapping already illegal. Freedom of speech campaigners
  6. 6. The UK media is predominantly controlled by self-regulation. Media institutions produce guidelines and make decisions about compliance based on these. They have the power to impose various consequences following non-compliance. Only occasionally does the legal system become involved.
  7. 7. Media regulation - the debate For need regulatory bodies to control the media, and to protect minority groups. "rights" of the individual and the public’s right to know”. There is always a tension between what is in the public’s interest vs. what is of interest to the public Deregulation means desensitisation. Possible damage for children? Against freedom of expression is paramount. Legality - many 'crimes' already illegal. Adults are able to choose and control what they see and what they do. They know if it 'too far' or inappropriate. Self-regulation is all that's needed.
  8. 8. Theories linked to press regulation Moral panic/Cohen Uses and gratification theory. Media effects Audience theory State control (Althusser et al)
  9. 9. Task •In pairs, research and summarise the main points relating to the Leveson report and the issues relating to press regulation. •Create a revision handout on press regulation (no more than 2 sides of A4) and include AT LEAST one case study on the PCC and how it relates to the debate on media regulation.