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Hacked Off: Happy that Leveson recommendations can finally be implemented

Responding to confirmation that the Royal Charter on press self-regulation has received formal, final approval at Privy Council, a spokesman for Hacked Off said:

 

“We are happy that the Leveson Inquiry’s recommendations can finally be implemented, 11 months after they were made, and that the courts have rejected the efforts of the big newspaper companies to sabotage the process.

 

“News publishers now have a great opportunity to join a scheme that will not only give the public better protection from press abuses, but will also uphold freedom of expression, protect investigative journalism and benefit papers financially.

 

“We urge them to take this opportunity. It is what the Inquiry recommended, what the public and the victims of press abuse expect, and what all parties in Parliament have united behind.

 

“The time has come for the newspaper companies to listen to all of those voices, including the vast majority of their readers, and to distance themselves from a past marred by bullying, fabrication and intrusion.

 

“The press should seize the chance to show the public they do not fear being held to decent ethical standards, and that they are proud to be accountable to the people they write for and about.” 

 

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Robert Reynoldsreply
October 31, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Well done Hacked Off!

NOT ‘to blame’, as some would have it, but owed much of the credit for a historic advance, in not just UK press culture but for democracy more widely.

In a world staggering from one folly to the next, and to worse, our need for a healthy press has never been greater. Thanks are owed beyond counting to all in Hacked Off, for the blessing of this Charter achievement, and for the acceptance by many of much personal cost, for the sustained courage that has powered so very many quite possibly critical interventions.

Horrific in the past, and terrifying for the future, the costs of sham democracy will come more and more to be seen as such. That said, “it’s not over”. More help is needed for more ‘ordinary busy people’ – and the owned press – to “see sense”.

Until adult ignorance finally is banished by education for democracy, we can expect the narrow self-interest of a few to dictate the use of ever more desperate arguments by those who would pretend – ‘in the public interest’ – that, for press vigour, a wide freedom to err trumps the freedom of individuals confidently to enjoy hard-won, formally-agreed, ordinary shareable human rights.

Thank you for standing up to such ‘argument’, and for allowing mention here of equal partnership, in reason and care the guiding star for people and press, day by day and for our children’s future.

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November 1, 2013 at 11:03 am

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Dave Gunnreply
November 3, 2013 at 9:52 pm

You know as well as I do that Leveson did not recommend what is in the Charter. The only people to benefit from the Charter are politicians and the rich and famous. This Charter could not legally be implemented in most European countries and certainly not the US. By the way I find it laughable that Grant and Coogan are two of your leading mouthpieces – talk about hypocrites.

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