The media awaits with bated breath for Leveson’s response
The media awaits this morning with baited breath to see what Leveson’s recommendations will be and how the government will manage such a heated issue. I was interested to see Hugh Grant in last night’s Channel 4 documentary ‘Taking on the Tabloids’, saying ‘We’re David taking on a terrifying Goliath’ when discussing his mission of promoting legislation against the worst of the press. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKNuiClg_Vc
It’s likely the majority of journalists will be opposed to heavy government regulation – The Spectator for one has pledged ‘not to sign up to anything enforced by government’. I fully appreciate the position of media owners in the context of the century-old relationship we’ve enjoyed in this country with the free press.
However, recent, appalling scandals across the media have shown that something needs to be done to protect the innocent, to address the central problem – which is the invasion of privacy when there is no public interest.