After months of hearings, a long-awaited report on the behavior of British newspapers embroiled in the phone hacking scandal recommended on Thursday a new system of press regulation that would be backed by parliamentary statute, setting up what threatened to develop into an acrimonious political debate about curbs on Britain’s 300-year-old tradition of broad press freedom.
quote:Sounds familiar, doesn't it?
Weighing in at 1,987 pages in four hefty volumes,
Advocates for press freedom in Britain and abroad expressed alarm at the Leveson proposals. “A media regulatory body anchored by statute cannot be described as voluntary,” said Joel Simon, the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists. “Moreover, adopting statutory regulation would undermine press freedom in the U.K. and give legitimacy to governments around the world that routinely silence journalists through such controls.”
This has nothing to do with us.