Waiting for Leveson

Sir Brian Leveson

This week, Lord Justice Leveson will unveil his findings on standards and ethics in the British press, and somewhat predictably, there will be a growing number of people arguing in favour of statutory underpinning of the press. There can be no question that the Press Complaints Commission requires significant reform, but regarding statutory underpinning of the press as a panacea would be greatly misguided.

Irrespective of whether you are for it or against it, it is worth keeping at least one thing in mind: offences such as phone hacking and police bribery are already covered by existing laws, and statutory underpinning would have offered little in a situation where people in positions of power and responsibility knowingly broke those laws.

(the above image was found via Google Images, and comes from @TimesLaw at http://bit.ly/2aF7oiJ. Photo credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire)

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