The argument that statutory press regulation will be “anathema to free speech” is “wrong and insulting” according to a letter co-signed by former BBC director general Greg Dyke.
Dyke, joined by a raft of documentary filmmakers including Nick Broomfield, satirists including Rory Bremner and various radio and television producers are urging the press to drop its collective opposition to statutory press regulation.
They argue that broadcast journalists, already governed by a strict legal framework, have no problems challenging the lawmakers: “Calling the rich and powerful to account without fear or favour.”
“We can say what we want and make the programmes we want within a regulatory framework that is enshrined in law,” says the letter, published in the Times (£). “The suggestion that such regulation is inevitably anathema to free speech, or automatically places us under the thumb of politicians, is wrong and insulting to us as fellow journalists.”
The government is expected to issue its final proposal for a royal charter which will underpin the replacement for the Press Complaints Commission later today.