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  • "Free press...free to hack into innocent people's phones, free to intrude on private grief, free to publish lies on page 1 (and only retract them via a tiny piece on page 23)??

    Of course we can't have political censorship - and the revelation of MPs fiddling, financial scandals etc showed what a force for good proper investigative journalism can be.

    But the current PCC is clearly toothless, and any voluntary code that is unenforceable in law will be walked away from by editors/proprietors as soon as they think their interests are more important.

    Architects, doctors, motorists, for example, all abide by effectively 'voluntary agreements' (RIBA rules, Hippocratic Oath, Highway Code) that are backed up by legal sanctions if they be infringed - why should the press be any different?"
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Free press must stay

Free press must stay

First published in Letters by

APPARENTLY a law to shackle the press is illegal. After the Leveson Report, a small number of people (many of them celebrities) want censorship of the press introduced.

Leveson highlighted how very private emails, etc, concerning the lives of these celebrities were used by certain newspapers – a deplorable practice, indeed.

It is understandable, following such revelations, why these celebrities are backing press censorship.

However, this would definitely be a step too far. Could recent history be repeating itself? Press censorship and disapproval of political parties happened in the not too far distant past.

Where did newspaper gagging and, ultimately, control of the broadcasting happen? Nazi Germany under Adolf Hitler.

Doubtless many will ridicule this comparison, but our media is the only way we can know what is happening in our country and around the world.

Media censorship is an extremely powerful weapon toward “bending” the will and, ultimately, the way the populace of a country will “think” of their politicians.

Press-censoring must never be part of our laws.

Philip Roe, Roman Avenue South, Stamford Bridge, York.

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