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Leveson one year on: what future for press freedom?

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One year on after Lord Justice Leveson published his inquiry into the ‘Culture, Practice and Ethics of the Press,’ decisions about future press regulation are still far from being resolved. Is the Leveson report now discredited, or is all the muckraking and conspiracy theorising by the press a conscious attempt by ‘feral hacks’ to dodge his proposals? Is it really in the public interest to have a sanitised press or is the much touted public support for Leveson a cowardly case of hiding behind the coattails of the public? Is the Royal Charter proposal a pragmatic alternative to state diktat, or are its implications for free speech much worse? This debate filmed at the Battle of Ideas features an exceptional line-up of speakers and reveals all.

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Gayle said:

I do feel bad about unethical practises , but restricting the Press is not going to change that.

Vera said:

Having a sanitised press just creates more intolerance . Who should have the right to dictate what we are sensitive about or not. I think we can decide what we want to read or hear or watch ourselves.

Shobha said:

I think restricting press freedom suits the government as just another way to keep the public mis-informed or less informed about its own doings. It’s the public that will be the victims again as usual.

Marco said:

How curious that some of the recommendations are being implemented! Is there some petition to stop that?

Alice said:

This is a fantastic debate. Great points from the Panelists and great points from the Audience. Ultimately I think Press freeedom is a must. the consumers are savvy enough to choose what to buy