Guardian rejects press’s new self-regulation model

Guardian Media Group has decided not to sign up to the model of press regulation proposed by the rest of the industry, saying it would be “futile” while it is opposed by Parliament and victims of past media excesses.

The owners of the Telegraph, Dail Mail and the Sun have invited the rest of the industry to sign up to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), which would replace the Press Complaints Commission. Their terms for Royal Chartered regulation, which differs from the one Parliament agreed with the Hacked Off campaign, is currently being considered by the Privy Council.

According to the Newspaper Society (NS), the “overwhelming majority” of publishers support IPSO.

But in a letter to the NS, GMG chief executive Andrew Miller, said: “For the industry to propose a system that does not enjoy support from either the main political leaders or the victims of press intrusion seems counter-productive.

“It is vital therefore that: we as an industry sit down for the first time with politicians and victims to construct a new settlement for press regulation; and that we recognise the obligation on us to form a regulator ourselves as soon as possible but that should be without contractual commitment until the broader settlement is achieved.”

(Source: Press Gazette)




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Charlie Beckett, director of POLIS at the London School of Economics, reacts to news that the UK government forced the Guardian into destroying hard drives that contained information leaked by Edward Snowden.

(Source: POLIS)


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