A YouGov poll of 1,859 British adults, commissioned by the Media Standards Trust and conducted on 9th – 10th October 2013, has shown that the public supports independent oversight and periodic review of any new system of press self-regulation and does not trust the watered-down proposal put forward by parts of the press. Last week’s polling shows that public support for Leveson remains absolutely solid, despite a year or more of distorted reporting about his findings. Responding, a spokesman for Hacked Off said:
“The public backs a system of independent review for the press self-regulator, as prescribed by Leveson, by a landslide. The vast majority of people do not buy the bogus argument that press freedom is at risk and are more concerned that the abuses which gave rise to Leveson could happen again if nothing is done. Most readers want the newspaper they take to act responsibly and join the new system.”
- 71% of the public believe that it is important that a new system of press self-regulation is periodically reviewed by an independent commission. 14% believe it is not important.
- Only 15% would have confidence in a new system of self-regulation set up by major newspaper publisher, if there was no system of independent review. 73%would have no confidence in such a system.
- 79% see a risk that, if a self-regulator is not subject to independent recognition, there would be a repeat of the illegal and unethical practices that were revealed during the Leveson Inquiry.
- 68% believe that it is important that any new system of self-regulation developed by the press ought to be put out to public consultation before it is finalised. 17%believe it’s not important.
- 56% of those who read newspapers in print or online want their newspaper to participate in the system of regulation underpinned by the cross-party Royal Charter, against 7% who do not.
Over half of Daily Mail readers (54%) want their newspaper to participate in the new system of press self-regulation, overseen by the Chartered body, as against 6% who do not.
Almost two-thirds of Times and Telegraph readers want their newspaper to participate in the new system of press self-regulation, overseen by the Chartered body, as against 12% who do not.
Martin Moore, director of the Media Standards Trust, said, “The public, like Lord Justice Leveson, believe that any new system of press regulation has to be reviewed by an independent commission – by a margin of 71% to 14%. People simply do not have confidence in a system of self-regulation set up by newspaper publishers without any external review or oversight. 8 out of 10 people believe that if this happens we risk a repeat of the practices that led to the Leveson Inquiry in the first place”.