Regulating the press

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Pluto Press, Nov 20, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 244 pages
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A free press is the cornerstone of democracy. Does this then give the press the right to print inaccurate material with relative impunity? Should the public have a statutory right of reply to inaccuracy in the press? And how free is the press in a world of converging technologies and crossmedia ownership? Clive Soley and Tom O’Malley set the issues of press regulation in their historical context, focusing on the period after 1945. They specifically look at the history and record of the Press Council and assess the performance of the Press Complaints Commission. The book analyses the arguments surrounding attempts to improve standards by introducing statutory rights for the public, and the reasons for the failure of these initiatives. Focusing on issues of principle such as accuracy, misrepresentation and privacy, the authors reexamine the ways in which debates over press freedom versus regulation illuminate the fundamental conflicts between a fully accountable press and the economic imperatives of the free market economy.

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Contents

Introduction
1
Putting the Press into Perspective
7
The Meanings of the Press
19
Copyright

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About the author (2000)

Tom O'Malley is Principle Lecturer in Media at the University of Glamorgan. He has written extensively on press history and broadcasting policy and is the author of Closedown?: The BBC and Government Broadcasting Policy (Pluto Press, 1994).
Clive Soley has been MP for Hammersmith 1979-97 and Ealing, Acton Shepherd’s Bush since 1997.