Ten things the press would rather you didn’t know
- No witness or anybody else at the Leveson Inquiry advocated state control of the press.
- Lord Justice Leveson’s terms of reference require him to make recommendations that support press freedom.
- Editors have been seeking the power to license journalists by ensuring that only people they approve can have press cards.
- Far from being in financial difficulty, the Daily Mail, Mirror, Sun, Express and Star papers make well over £200m in profit a year.
- Twenty-six leading academics in law and journalism have written to the press to denounce the editors’ proposed new self-regulation scheme as inadequate.
- Statutory backing for a press regulator is supported by the NUJ, the largest organisation in the country representing journalists.
- It was ITV, whose regulation is underpinned by statute, and not the ‘self-regulated’ press, that opened the floodgates of revelation about Jimmy Savile.
- The overwhelming majority of victims of phone hacking and data mining are ordinary people and not celebrities.
- Only last month the Mail and Mirror were fined for contempt of court after their reporting helped cause the abandonment of a child kidnapping trial.