After Leveson

After Leveson: Recommendations for Instituting the Public and Press Council

From The International Journal of Press/Politics

On July 13, 2011, British Prime Minister David Cameron set up an official inquiry committee headed by Lord Justice Brian Leveson to study the culture, practice, and ethics of the press. This was in the wake of revelations concerning phone hacking conducted by the News of the World tabloid into the phones of celebrities, politicians, and other members of the public, including the missing schoolgirl Milly Dowler and her family. Its most significant recommendation was the regulation of the press by the establishment of a new press standards organization backed by legislation to ensure its effectiveness. The new independent regulator should be empowered with greater and unprecedented authority, and with substantive sanctioning abilities.The aim of this article is to review the work of the official inquiry committee.

Abstract

The aim of this article is to review the work of the official inquiry committee headed by Lord Justice Brian Leveson in Britain. It is argued that the existing situation in Britain is far from satisfactory, and that the press should advance more elaborate mechanisms of self-control, establishing a new regulatory body called Public and Press Council that will be anchored in law, and funded by organizations that are independent from government and the media. The new independent regulator should be empowered with greater and unprecedented authority, and with substantive sanctioning abilities.

 

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Raphael Cohen-Almagor
After Leveson: Recommendations for Instituting the Public and Press Council
The International Journal of Press/Politics April 2014 19: 202-225, first published on January 15, 2014 doi:10.1177/1940161213516680

 

 

 

     
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