The Independent’s media column reports that Richard Desmond, owner of the Daily Star, is considering withdrawing his newspaper from the jurisdiction of the Press Complaints Commission.
Desmond is said to be infuriated with the regularity that the PCC and Daily Star clash – just one example came when the paper was warned for publishing an untrue story about “Muslim-only loos” – and is looking at how he can separate the two.
MediaGuardian columnist Roy Greenslade warned that if Desmond was to remove the Daily Star from the censure of the PCC, it “would be a very worrying move indeed, with significant ramifications for the whole industry”. Press freedom, warns Greenslade, would be “the loser”.
He said: “Any breach in the system of self-regulation would inevitably lead to renewed calls for statutory regulation, which have become something of a distant memory.”
This article appears in issue 265 of Media Digest.