Nov 29, 2012

Leveson: D-day for red tops, farewell to press freedom?

Lord Leveson will deliver his verdict on the future of the British press in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal tomorrow. Fleet Street's red tops are decidedly nervous about being curbed.

Paul Barry

Journalist, author and Media Watch host

It’s D-day tomorrow for the British press, with the publication at 1.30pm (12.30am AEST) in London of Lord Leveson’s report on the print media. And the big question is whether he will recommend new laws to bring Britain’s appalling tabloids to heel.

Britain’s newspapers (including the good ones) passionately hope he won’t, or that the government won’t listen to him if he does. And they are in full panic mode at the prospect of laws designed to make them behave better.

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2 thoughts on “Leveson: D-day for red tops, farewell to press freedom?

  1. Western Red

    I used to by the Oz but since it went all “birther” I stopped shelling out for it. Same for other print news.

    The problem is increasingly the press are so lazy that they all take their leads from the Oz. Including the ABC.

  2. paddy

    Perhaps the most interesting (and powerful) thing that Leveson achieved, was broadcasting the inquiry online. The nature of global access, ensured that millions of very engaged people watched the whole thing and *they* won’t be satisfied with a repeat of the Calcutt inquiry.
    Looking forward to seeing what happens tonight.

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